Graduate Research Assistant
Place of work / study:
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Area of Research:
My projects focus on the structural basis and mechanisms of protein-protein interactions in Alzheimer’s disease and neuroinflammation.
How is your work funded?
National Institute on Aging Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Translational Research (ADCTR) training grant.
Tell us a little about yourself:
I came to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in the fall of 2020 to pursue my Ph.D. in Biology, co-supervised by Dr. Wang and Dr. Dordick. funded by a National Institute on Aging Training Program in Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical and Translational Research (ADCTR) training grant. Prior to this I completed my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology and a minor in American Sign Language and Dance at the University of Rochester. I then attended Brown University as an NIH Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) Scholar in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. My professional goals are to work as a research and development scientist developing therapeutics and biomedical commercialization professional. I am also Communications Chair for the ISTAART PIA to Elevate Early Career Researchers.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
For fun, I enjoy dancing, kickboxing, and reading. I also enjoys spending time with my fiancé and playing with my two dogs.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I chose to investigate Alzheimer’s disease (AD) due to having many family members living with the disease and knowing there are no drug-based therapies to prevent, slow, or treat AD.
What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?
Get involved with different clubs and organizations during your graduate education. You will have the opportunity to develop management skills, networking skills, and leadership skills at the next level. I have found doing so granted me a lot of professional opportunities that I may not been exposed to otherwise.
What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
Currently, I am readying Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot by Mikki Kendall, and I would highly recommend it.