Research Experience

Cristen Willer Laboratory

May 2016 - Present
University of Michigan
Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Human Genetics, and Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
I joined the lab of Dr. Cristen Willer as a rotation student in May 2016. Since September 2016 I have been performing dissertatiton work in the Willer lab. Broadly, I study the genetics of cardiometabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. My research projects range from the study of Mendelian disease in Thoracic Aortic Dissection patients from the University of Michigan Cardiac Health Improvement Project to the study of polygenic diseases in large population scale biobanks such as the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study and the UK Biobank. I am interested in contributing to the development of precision health strategies by developing and employing computational tools to analyze big data in the form of EHR-linked biobanks with genetic data.

Michael Boehnke & Laura Scott Group

September 2016 - Present
University of Michigan
Department of Biostatistics, Center for Statistical Genetics
I rotated with Dr. Boehnke and Dr. Laura Scott August 2015-February 2016 as a continuation of my work with the Finland-United States Investigation of NIDDM (FUSION) Project from my post-baccalaureate career. Since September 2016, I have been co-mentored by Dr. Mike Boehnke and Dr. Cristen Willer for my dissertation research.

David Ginsburg Laboratory

March - April 2016
University of Michigan
Department of Human Genetics, Life Sciences Institute
As a rotation student in the David Ginsburg Laboratory I used bacteriophage display and high throughput sequencing to explore hemostatic protease biochemistry.

Francis Collins Laboratory

August 2013 - August 2015
National Institutes of Health, National Human Genome Research Institute
Medical Genomics and Metabolic Genetics Branch
I worked as a Postbaccalaureate IRTA trainee in the lab of Dr. Francis Collins in the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. I worked under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Parker, and used my bioinformatics skill set to perform integrative analyses using RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, genotypes, and chromatin state data to identify regions involved in Type 2 Diabetes susceptibility. The Collins lab is particularly interested in non-coding regions where the majority of Genome Wide Association Study loci for T2D and related traits are located. Other NHGRI researchers and I were also highlighed by LabTV in their effort to encourage high sschool and undergraduate students to explore careers in biomedical research.

Corbin Jones Laboratory

June 2008 - May 2013
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Biology Department

I worked as a high school volunteer, and later, an undergraduate research assistant in the Corbin Jones Laboratory from summer 2008 until my graduation from UNC-CH in May 2013. My undergraduate research experience includes a co-authored publication, Mechanosensation across and within Drosophila species. In addition, I conducted research for my honors thesis, “Evolutionary Development of Gain-of-Function Stripes in Z. indianus,” in the Jones lab. You can listen to an audio recording of my honors thesis presented on March 22, 2013.