I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology from Bridgewater College in 2005 and Master of Science in 2007 from Virginia Tech. My MS research focused on the tissue distribution and regulation of bovine stearoyl-CoA desaturase by hormones and nutrients. After completing my MS I worked at TechLab, Inc. for 6 years developing diagnostic tests that detected Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) from direct samples or culture. I received my Master of Public Health in 2013 from Virginia Tech where my research focused on antibiotic resistance genes on incompatibility A/C plasmids and antibiotic resistance in Salmonella enterica serotype Albert.
Current Research Interests
After my MPH I started working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigating antibiotic resistance in enteric bacteria and at present focusing on antibiotic resistance in hospital-acquired infections. I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Biology program in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Tech focusing on antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.