I want to understand how Adenovirus protein VII disrupts host chromatin and what the outcomes of that disruption are. In part, I am using a model organism approach to determine whether protein VII can destabilize the fundamental unit of chromatin—the nucleosome. When I’m not in lab, you can find me cooking, working out, relishing the era of Peak TV, or, on occasion, hiking.
I am interested in using nuclear-replicating viruses as tools to interrogate the function of host chromatin factors. I am currently characterizing the role of histone variants in herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) infection using biochemical techniques, molecular genetics and fluorescence microscopy. Outside of the lab, I play trumpet and explore Seattle through listening to live music.
I’m a senior at UW, majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Classics. As I embark on the last leg of my undergraduate career, I’m still growing to love all aspects of research and science and being curious about absolutely everything.
I am a recent graduate from Cottey College, majoring in Biology with a certificate in Leadership. I am excited to learn more about the scientific field and grow as a scientist and to learn as much as possible before I make my run in Graduate school. When I am not in the lab, I can be found playing volleyball, hiking, reading another book or exploring new restaurants.
Former lab members
Nick Donadio (2018-2019) - Currently at Seattle Genetics