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ABOUT ME

I am an up-and-coming Black Female Scientist and Researcher. Although I began my higher education career obtaining my Bachelors in Anthropology from Florida International University, I always knew science is where I could put my problem-solving and detective skills to work. After homing in on my organizational, professional, and administrative skills working as a file clerk for 2 years at a Real Estate Law Firm, I went onward to obtain my Masters in Biological Sciences concentrating in microbial sciences from Alabama A&M University working in a mycology lab learning and investigating the minimum inhibitory concentration of essential plant oils against common fungal contaminants such as Neurospora crassa, Aureobasidium pullulans, and Candida albicans for an ALSAMP student project under Dr. Jeanette Jones. While there I was fortunate enough to also be able to work for a summer on an antibiotic resistance project studying mutant prevention concentration values against strains of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis at UCLA with Dr. Pamela Yeh. I am currently a PhD student at Auburn University in Dr. Wendy Hood’s lab studying mitochondrial function, performance, and genomic maintenance in the context of the reproduction and longevity tradeoff in wild-derived Mus musculus. If you are interested in knowing more about my current research or past research, please feel free to review my publications list. For something less formal, check out my blogs and social media handles.