I am a second year PhD student at UNCG in Dr. Raymann's microbiology lab. We use the honey bee as a model organism because of its conserved and specialized gut microbiome. Additionally, I am interested in the honey bee reproductive system and related toxicology.
Fargo, ND --> Greensboro, NC [1,380mi]
Before coming to North Carolina, I attended North Dakota State University from 2014-2018. I obtained a Bachelor's of Science in biology along with minors in chemistry and psychology. NDSU's Antibiotic Discovery course taught me microbiology techniques and introduced me to research. In my last year at NDSU I worked as a research assistant in Dr. Julia Bowsher's lab. My focus was the effect of glyphosate (Roundup) on the honey bee spermatozoa. I was contracted through the Fargo USDA-ARS to work with Arun Rajamohan where I learned, and found my passion for, honey bees and reproductive toxicology.
Bismarck, ND --> Fargo, ND [196mi]
I was born and raised just outside of Bismarck, ND on a few acres of land. I grew up very familiar with animals, four wheelers and yard work. My mother and father still live in the same house I grew up in and my younger brother resides in Fargo. I attended Century High School where the science related AP classes drove me toward my biology degree and NDSU.