Research

Current: Ph.D. Candidate Nanoscale Science at SUNY Polytechnic Institute – The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering

M.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Graduated May 2014)
B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Graduated May 2014)

Ph.D. Degree work:

As a Graduate Research Assistant in the Tenenbaum lab, I primarily focus on cell culture, RNP Immunoprecipitations (RIPs), RNA Affinity Purifications (RAPs), Western blotting, and bioinformatics.

Currently, I am working on my dissertation which aims to study dynamic structural interactions between various RNA molecules both inside and outside of the cell. Of specific interest is the growing evidence that RNA molecules have been implicated in extracellular signaling mechanisms between cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. I aim to design bait RNA sequences using bioinformatic predictions that will allow me to test these interactions in situ. From this information, I will be able to better understand trans-acting and dysregulated extracellular RNAs and start developing an RNA-based cancer diagnostic assay.

Published work:
Elsevier Reference Module in Life Sciences: Structurally Interacting RNAs

M.S. Degree work:

Vesicle Trafficking & the Exocyst¬†– Presentation for Advanced Cell Biology; based on the paper “Live-cell imaging of exocyst links its spatiotemporal dynamics to various stages of vesicle fusion.” by Rivera-Molina, F., & Toomre, D. (2013) in the Journal of Cell Biology.

Collagen & The Aging Heart РPresentation for Cell-Extracellular Matrix Interactions. The goal of this presentation is to highlight why collagen is important in the context of the body. My group and I decided to focus on cardiovascular disease; and together, we combined our knowledge of biomedical engineering with biology to show the importance of collagen.