I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Food Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There, I worked as an undergraduate researcher for four years in the lab of Dr. Antje Heese where I studied the role of vesicular trafficking in plant innate immunity in Arabidopsis thaliana. One of my independent projects in Dr. Heeseā€™s lab was funded by the ASPB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, through which I was able to present at Plant Biology 2017 in Honolulu, HI. I am currently a graduate student in the Section of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology at Cornell University. I am completing my thesis research with Dr. Marc Fuchs on the epidemiology and plant-insect-virus interactions of grapevine red blotch disease. I became interested in red blotch disease and plant virology after participating in the Cornell Summer Scholars program with Dr. Fuchs as an undergraduate. The goal of my research is to improve our understanding of the transmission of the causative agent of red blotch disease (Grapevine red blotch virus) and develop management strategies for vineyards.

Research Areas:
Biotic Interactions, Molecular Biology

Current Affiliations
Experience & Education