I’m a second year graduate student in Allison Ashley-Koch’s lab at the Center for Human Genetics. I hail from southeastern South Dakota, although I grew up in the Minneapolis, MN area. I earned my undergraduate degree from Jamestown College (Jamestown, ND) in 2008. After graduation I worked as a technician at the IGSP here at Duke for a couple of years, employed under Brian Chadwick and later under Katie Garman.
My current research focuses on the study of sickle cell disease (SCD), and in particular of SCD-associated nephropathy. I use zebrafish as a model system to study the genetic contributions to kidney function in the hopes of elucidating the functional consequences of nephropathy-associated genes/SNPs.
Outside of lab I enjoy hiking, camping, running, biking, and playing nerdy board games (Settlers of Catan anyone?). Durham is a great place to live and offers so many great places to eat, great microbreweries, and is very close to some awesome music venues!