Originally from Chicago, I moved to Denver when I was accepted into the Biophysics program here at DU. I received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago. While at UIC I worked in a Biochemistry Research lab run by Dr. Andrew Mesecar where I worked under Drs. Aimee Eggler and Scott Pegan. My experiences there focused on protein modification and high throughput screening.
After college, I did a short stint in industry for Universal Oil Products, a petroleum company, studying various chemical and physical properties of crude oil products. While working I decided to further my educational development and applied to graduate school. I am currently working under Dr. Scott Pegan assessing the structural and kinetic properties of Ubiquitin modifications to proteins during viral infection.
Current research efforts are guided towards understanding the mammalian innate immune response through structural and kinetic analysis of post-translational modifications. The primary objective is to obtain structural information from x-ray crystal structures and to correlate it to specific protein-ligand interactions in an effort to find viable leads for possible therapeutics.