For the past couple of years, I’ve been very passionate about microbiology. I took this passion with me to the College of William and Mary where I majored in Biology with a minor in Marine Science. Throughout my studies, I focused on molecular cloning, bacterial immunity, and protein isolation. I learned vital scientific skills such as virology, DNA isolation, fish trophodynamics, phytoplankton and fish identification, gut analysis, and fishing techniques. I also worked on collecting virus samples to determine how viruses could be used to cure cancer and even researched phytoplankton to determine the effects of global warming on the Ross Sea.
After my undergraduate career, I decided to continue my expedition and obtained my Master of Science in Biology from George Mason University. At Mason, I explored immunology and specialized in microbiology. My dissertation and graduate work focused on lobsters affected with epizootic shell disease. I specifically looked at whether temperature affected the spread of the disease and investigated bacterial dysbiosis as a probable cause. The skills I gathered during my work, such as Next-gen sequencing , data set creation, and analysis through various bioinformatics programs could easily transfer to any lab.
Currently, I work as a freelance writer ghost writing for many different scientific publications and online journals on a variety of different academic topics. These skills allow me to communicate effectively and to express any health or scientific issue to the general public.
My future goals are to earn a PhD and continue working on research. I like looking for answers to problems that haven’t been solved yet, and want to continue on in academia and work as a researcher for a lab.
EnglandResearch and write articles on topics such as health, robotics, food, fitness, technology, travel, and green initiatives
Jan 2016- Aug 2018
George Mason University
Manassas Virginia• Researched the micro biome of American lobsters infected with the Epizootic Shell Disease • Used next-generation sequencing techniques to study the micro biome • Constructed phylogenetic trees based on data using different programs such as RDP11, macQIIME, and Usearch
Aug 2012 – May 2014
College of William & Mary
Williamsburg Virginia• Researched and predicted the effects of global warming on the Ross Sea • Recorded data to analyze phytoplankton concentrations in the sea • Identified species of phytoplankton and created data sets to represent population at different depths • Techniques: Consistently used microscope imaging and capturing, settled and counted phytoplankton samples collected
January 2016 - August, 2018
George Mason University - Master BiologyMicrobial and Infectious Diseases
June 2011 - May 2015
College of William & Mary - BS. Biology and Marine Science
May 2016 - June 2016
University of Virginia - Summer Field Course: Fish Identification