PROGRAM Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics
ADVISOR Professor Harry Orr
What are your research interests? I am interested in human disorders and the molecular pathways that are activated in disease. I have always been intrigued by how genetic mutations, even a single base change, can alter many different systems.
What are you working on right now? I’m currently working on comparing gene expression and RNA splicing in Spinocerebellar ataxia mouse models to determine pathways involved in disease initiation and progression.
Why did you choose to study at the U of M? I was interested in several potential labs here, and had yet to decide exactly what topic I wanted to work on. The U of M offered me the greatest breadth of choices in an interdisciplinary and cooperative research environment.
What are your plans once you finish your program? I haven’t decided yet, but I am leaning towards finding a position in industry or regulatory affairs.
(Just for fun) if you could meet any scientist/researcher past or present, who would it be and what would you want to know? I would love to meet Gregor Mendel. I’d ask if he had any idea what an impact his work would have on genetics and modern science. I also would like to know his opinion of personalized medicine, the $1,000 genome, and the eugenics movement of the early 20th century.