Where did you grow up?

Monticello, Indiana

Where are you currently doing research?

Purdue University

Who is your advisor?

Dr. Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi

Tell us about your project!

I have been working on uncovering how Phyllachora maydis colonizes maize leaf tissue.

Which awards would you like to brag about?

The one in which I am the proudest is the Purdue University College of Agriculture Mentoring Award.

What are your career goals/plans for after you’re done with your current position?

I am waiting to see what avenues open up to me once that time gets closer.

What is your favorite fungus and why?

Phyllachora maydis, undoubtedly! While my usual focus is on bacteria, the moment I observed the meticulous arrangement within what I initially perceived as a cluster of dead leaf tissue under the microscope, it left me utterly amazed. Complex reproductive structures unfolded within the lesion, an intriguing manifestation of Phyllachora maydis‘s remarkable adaptability and biological ingenuity.

What is your favorite fact/thing about fungi?

In the remarkable adaptability of fungi lies a valuable lesson for us—a reminder that, just like these organisms, we too should embrace and learn from the art of adaptation.

Who is your mycology role model?

Dr. Catherine Aime

What is something inspiring or useful that you learned from your experiences in mycology?

Despite my outward appearance of chaos, a hidden layer of highly organized structure lies beneath.

What do you like to do in your free time? What are your hobbies?

I like to spend time with my family.