Boston, MA. I completed a bachelor's/master's program at Clark University in Worcester, MA, receiving bachelor's degrees in molecular biology and computer science, and a master's degree in biology.
The MolTox program was a perfect match for me, as I am interested in various areas of environmental toxicology, including environmental contaminants and their mechanisms of toxicity, ecotoxicology, and public health. When I interviewed, I was very impressed with the research being conducted here by the friendly NST graduate students. I also came to UCB to live in the Bay Area, where food, city life, music, sports, backpacking/hiking, skiing, etc. etc. is all at your fingertips.
4th year. Ph.D. Candidate. Christopher Vulpe Lab.
food, promoting the Red Sox religion, traveling, exploring San Francisco, backpacking, skiing, indie concerts at small venues, real football, working with the UCB SACNAS chapter to promote diversity in the sciences.
I am investigating the molecular mechanisms of toxicity of various emerging contaminants, such as brominated flame retardants. Although these chemicals are utilized extensively in various consumer and industrial products, their toxicological data is lacking or insufficient. Through the use of a yeast model, I am identifying potential human candidate genes and cellular processes involved in the response to these toxicants. I am also using these methods to study the toxicity of organochlorine pesticides, including dieldrin and methoxychlor.