Mailing Address: 411 Borlaug Hall
Saint Paul, MN 55108
I received an MS in Biology and Biotechnology from Ball State University in Indiana. Then I moved to Ohio, where I worked as a lab manager and research assistant at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, studying heart development and left-right patterning disorders using mouse models of human diseases. I moved to Minnesota in 2012 and completed a Ph.D. in Plant and Microbial Biology, advised by Professor Gary Muehlbauer. For my Ph.D. I focused on genetic and transcriptional control of lateral branch (tiller) development in barley using a combination of molecular and computational approaches. I am now a post-doc in the Muehlbauer lab, working on a collaboration with researchers in Germany and Scotland called the BARley yield associated Network (BARN) Project. We are using comparative genomics and transcriptomics to identify genes associated with yield related traits, such as seed size and number, in a collection of 2-rowed, spring barley cultivars representing the European breeding germplasm of the last century. When I'm not working, I enjoy crocheting, cross-stitching, and all things outdoorsy. My newest adventure is raising chickens! I just started a flock in March 2021 with 12 chicks of assorted breeds with different egg colors (blues, greens, browns, and whites), and I'm looking forward to sit outside this summer and watch them peck at stuff.