Describe yourself: Easy​-going, curious, analytical

Most important thing I've learned so far in my major: ​Just how complex life is, and how many pieces work together so intimately to create life on Earth as we know it

Can't live without: My cell ph​one​

Favorite place at DePaul: The ne​w science building at DePaul, McGowan South. It has the best labs and very nice lecture halls.​​​​​​​

Favorite academic project: A current project on ​RNA editing

Best place to eat close to campus: Dev​il Dawgs hot dog stand, on Sheffield Avenue.  It serves great Chicago-style dogs any time of the day.​

Best place to study on campus: Th​ird floor, Richardson Library.  It's where I know I can find a quiet place to study.​

Favorite book: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Dream job: Tea​m physician for the New York Yankees

What type of research are you involved with in Dr. Margaret Silliker's lab? I started working in Dr. Silliker’s lab as a sophomore, on a project involving the slime mold Didymium Iridis.  I was surprised by how many undergraduate students are involved in research in the Biology department and by how many ongoing research projects were being studied. My first project involved uncovering gene expression in differing stages of the life cycle of the slime mold, as well as sequencing and analyzing particular genes involved in mating competency. My latest research project involves a study in the RNA editing capabilities of the D. Iridis. Being a part of a research project has been a terrific opportunity for me to explore my interests and to experience what I have learned in class first hand.​

You were one of 15 students to perform research at Rosalind Franklin Medical School this past summer. Can you explain what you did? I was placed in a Biochemistry lab that was studying mitochondrial mutations of the ATP synthase. The specific project I worked on during my ten weeks in the lab was a joint study with Harvard Medical School, exploring a mitochondrial mutation found in a child that died during infancy. The project involved studying particular mutations to attempt to pinpoint the mutational origin of the child’s death. The experience was a great way for me to see the biomedical applications of research, and by working on my own project, gave me the opportunity to work independently, analyzing and drawing conclusions from my collected data. 

As of July 2011, DePaul formed its 10th college/school – the College of Science and Health. What does this mean for your education? The formation of the new school shows DePaul’s true commitment to taking their science and health programs to the next level. I’ve also noticed improvements in facilities with the construction of the McGowan science buildings. The university is building its science programs to be part of a top tier College of Science and Health. ​​

Area of Study: Biology
Graduation Date: December, 2012
Hometown: Roscoe, Illinois
High School: Hononegah High School
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Current Employment:
  • Research Assistant, Molecular Biology
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