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 am a recent graduate from UW Microbiology, but I was a research intern in the lab prior to starting full time. I am working with yeast, as a model organism, to better understand how Protein VII affects the dynamic chromatin organization in eukaryotic organisms. Outside of lab, I spend my time volunteering at a women's shelter or can be found chasing the next best "hidden gem" restaurant or another sunset with my camera, albeit a rarity in Seattle
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