Successfully defended Ph.D. dissertation July 2023
My path to research has been exceptionally nontraditional. After being homeschooled K-12, I obtained a B.A. in music from Thomas Edison State College (now University). Then I worked as a typist in medical records for several years. Eventually, I saw this career becoming obsolete and I went back to school for nursing. Unlike many nursing students, however, I found the academics easy but struggled with the hands-on patient care. Thankfully, one of my professors was able to convince me that a switch to research was possible. I contacted Upstate, and was told that if I got some research experience I would have a chance. A lab at Cornell allowed me to volunteer for the experience I needed, and I was thrilled to be accepted to Upstate, my father’s alma mater, to start in fall of 2016.
I am currently in Hong Lu’s lab studying the regulation and activity of the glucocorticoid receptor in the liver. Eventually my dream is to specialize in bioinformatics and work towards developing a treatment for muscular dystrophy. Upstate is a great school, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to study here.