Year Entered MCW: 2016
Previous Education: BS, Biochemistry, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee, WI, 2016
Borrelia burgdorferi - Survival in a mammalian host.
“Coming into the IDP program, I had only vague ideas of what research interests or laboratories would be the best fit for me. Although most of my past research experiences lie elsewhere (primarily plant genetics and marine biology), microbiology in general and Borrelia burgdorferi in particular, captured my imagination and interest. Borrelia burgdorferi is the causative agent of Lyme disease, and because two of my closest family members have had Lyme disease, I jumped at the opportunity to research this microbe. The lab is a great fit and I'm excited to (probably) research an outer membrane porin in Borrelia burgdorferi to better understand its essential role in infectivity.”