About

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I am a Bioengineering graduate student at the University of Maryland. This is my website! Where I share my background, my publications and presentations, and preview the research I’m currently working on.

View the Education page for information on my current and previous research experiences.

View the CV page for the full list of my expertise.

Background:

179315_1830369680836_3012515_nI began biology research in 2009, my sophmore summer in high school, where I worked at the Sheryl Smith lab at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Smith allowed me to voluntarily work in her lab to produce a science project that I could use for local science fairs – of which there are many, and they are competitive. Therefore, I was excited to dip my toes into the teeming waters of cancer research, and intrigued about the twist we wanted to investigate: What is the purpose of GABA-A receptors expressed in MCF-7 breast cancer cells? These GABA-A receptors are typically found on neurons, where they exhibit a depolarizing effect on neuronal activity in response to binding the inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA. Following the discovery of GABA-A RNA expressed in many cell types, including breast and pancreatic cancer cells, we set out to quantify the GABA-A protein expression and the possible effects it could be having on cancer cell survival and migration.  As a novice researcher, I was surprised to see results that indicated a significant effect of GABA-A on cancer cell properties! Needless to say, I was excited to present this work at all the science fairs, showing off my cool research to anyone who would listen. I was hooked, biology was the field for me. Good thing I had a chance to figure that out, too, because my experience in bio-research surely earned me enrollment at MIT for undergraduate study in Biological Engineering.

I had only scratched the surface of the potential of biological research…. stay tuned!