Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-3548
(414) 955-6517 (fax)
BS, Carthage College, 2010
Faculty Advisor: Joseph C. Besharse, PhD
Research Area: Role of homodimeric kinesin Kif17 in the outer segments of photoreceptors
I graduated from Carthage College in Kenosha, WI with majors in Biology and Chemistry in May '10. After working for a year as a research technologist for the Pediatric BioBank at MCW, I enrolled in the IDP program in August '11 and subsequently joined Dr. Joseph Besharse's lab.
The Besharse lab is currently focused on the trafficking of phototransduction components in photoreceptors via intraflagellar transport (IFT). I am particularly interested in the homodimeric kinesin Kif17 and its role in the development of the outer segments of photoreceptors. Using both zebrafish and mouse models, I hope to further understand the role this molecular motor plays in photoreceptor degenerative diseases.