Previous Research Experiences

As an undergraduate and master's student at the University of Michigan, I developed expertise in chemical biology and chemical ecology in the laboraties of Dr. Mark Hunter (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and Dr. David Sherman (Microbiology and Immunology, Chemical Biology). I was the first student at the University of Michigan to pursue a concurrent B.S. and M.Sc. in Biology.

University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute: Sherman Lab

During my master's degree, I researched in the lab of Dr. David Sherman (Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Department of Microbiology & Immunology) in collaboration with Dr. Shasha Li. Studying the pharmacological effects of natural products produced by non-model bacteria, I used molecular cloning and analytical chemistry (LC-MS, TOF MS, HPLC, NMR) to elucidate the biosynthetic pathway of hapalindole natural products in the cyanobacteria Fisherella ambigua (UTEX 1806).

Life Sciences Institute video featuring research from the Sherman Lab.

University of Michigan Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Hunter Lab

As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, I completed my Honors Thesis and a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates ( NSF REU) with Dr. Mark Hunter (Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology) at the University of Michigan Biological Station. In this research, I investigated the effects of elevated, atmospheric carbon dioxide on plant chemistry, specifically two milkweed species, Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed) and Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed), and how this changing plant chemistry may mediate plant-herbivore interactions with a specialist herbivore, Aphis nerii (Oleander aphid).

For this work, I won the Marshall Nirenberg Life Science Award, which is awarded to the top graduating student in the life sciences at the University of Michigan, and the Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award, which is awarded to the top honors thesis in the University of Michigan's Program in Biology.

Read this article written in for the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology’s Natural Selections newsletter for more information about my research in the Hunter lab.