I grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and went to college in Madison, Wisconsin (UW).
Berkeley’s excellent reputation for scientific research (specifically Dr. Casida’s lab) and the California sun
4th year. Ph.D. Candidate. John Casida Lab.
running, traveling, cooking, hiking, backpacking, snowboarding,
ultimate frisbee, dance, art
My research in Dr. Casida's lab is focused on identifying the molecular targets and mechanisms of toxicity of neonicotinoid insecticide metabolites. Neonicotinoids are used extensively throughout the world and account for more than 20% of the total insecticide market. These chemicals generate a large number of metabolites in plants and mammals. My research goal is to evaluate these metabolites as potential inhibitors of essential enzymes such as nitric oxide synthase, aldehyde oxidase and metallo-oxidases. I am also analyzing the genotoxicity and hepatotoxicity of these compounds. This research will help determine the conditions for safe and effective use of neonicotinoids relative to metabolite toxicity.