Global public health, infectious diseases, herpesviruses, HSV! & HSV2, HIV/AIDS generation lost in Africa, global development, education and rights of women and children, maternal health, women in development
Molecular Virology in Veterinary Medicine:
Investigating how Herpes Simplex Virus 1 and 2 establish latent infections in neurons and reactivate to cause disease, and the role of the autonomic nervous system in these disease outcomes.
Skills associated: Cell Culture, DNA extraction, DNA sequencing, DNA electrophoresis, Multiplex PCR, PCR, Microscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy, Virus Culture, RNA biology, Immunohistochemistry, neuronal cultures, animal infections, animal care, animal evaluation, tissue harvest and dissection
Participated as a mentor to fifty rising Juniors and Seniors from across Virginia in the Let's Talk Public Health Conference at Virginia Tech. At this conference we focused on exposing participants to public health issues in Virginia and aimed to increase their awareness of and interest in public health careers.
Led a student group in the making of a video to show the emergency preparedness skills they have obtained through the conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHXdAlshGPM&feature=youtu.be
Taught and facilitated six total Biology laboratory sections in the Biology department at Virginia Tech, for a total of 150 students taught over the course of the year.
Spring 2013: Two sections of General Biology Lab 1016One section of Principles of Biology Lab 1116Fall 2012: One section of General Biology Lab 1015Two sections of Principles of Biology Lab 1115
Grape Pathology at the Alson H. Smith, Jr. Agricultural Research and Extension Center for Virginia Tech.
Molecular virology work with Grapevine Leafroll Virus, viticulture, general vineyard maintenance and disease monitoring. Worked to assess vineyard infection rate by Grapevine Virus extraction and detection of Grapevine Leafroll associated Virus (GlaV). In addition, experiments were conducted to molecularly identify mealybug species, the vectors of Grapevine Leafroll Disease, in Virginia.
Oral Presentation:88th Annual Cumberland-Shenandoah Fruit Workers Conference. Molecular Identification of Mealybug Species, Vectors of Grapevine Leafroll Disease, in Virginia. Winchester, VA. 11/2012
Assist with diagnostic testing of mycotoxins to determine contamination in food and feed.
Assistant to past VP of International Affairs at Virginia Tech: John E. Dooley. Assisted with office calls, paperwork, filing and projects regarding the international affairs of the university.
Led a bioengineering project in health care class series: a hemodialysis design project for campers. Served as camp counselor and mentor to students.
Assistant to Director of Women in Development at the Office of International Research, Education, and Development. Projects and duties included reading and revising articles for database entry to create a comprehensive database for the Women in Development office. Assisted in evaluations for Women in Development records and assisted in the organization of workshops and meetings for students and professors.
Current number of credits completed: 25
Currently enrolled in 12 credits
Current GPA: 3.81
Graduating GPA: 3.54 - Cum Laude
Transfer student to Virginia Tech in 2009