Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
I moved to IUPUI from Texas A&M with my lab and mentor. It has been a pleasure to be a part of this campus and work to make it better for future students!
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
I am most proud of my efforts in co-founding Biochem Chat with a fellow graduate student, Daenique Jengelley. Biochemchat is a diversity seminar series that allows us to connect fellow students with post docs from across the US. Our speakers advocate for representation and diversity in STEM and present alternative career options for PhDs. I have enjoyed networking with the postdoctoral scholars as well as providing a space for current students to have candid conversations with our speakers. Follow us on Twitter @BiochemChat!
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
Biking along the cultural trail and running on the canal. I love being outside and these pedestrian paths make it safe and exciting to explore this city.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
Research: I study rare liver diseases that affect the bile ducts. My projects investigate the role mast cells play in liver disease progression and bile acid signaling. I really enjoy studying the liver and hope to expand to gut-liver communication in future experiments.
Outside of lab I really enjoy gardening and grew 13 different tomato varieties in my raised garden beds. I also grew ají dulce (small Caribbean sweet peppers) which remind me of my mom’s delicious cooking. I also volunteer with various organizations, including Behind Our Science podcast and Women in STEM mentoring, and serve on multiple DEI subcommittees for IUSM and professional societies. I want to increase diversity and inclusivity in STEM to provide an easier and resourceful path for future scientists to achieve great science.