Where did you grow up?

West Virginia

Who is your advisor?

Dr. Teresa Pawlowska

Tell us about your project!

I work on fungal immune responses to antagonistic bacteria, using Rhizopus microsporus and Mycetohabitans spp. as a model.

I’m currently using florescence microscopy and flow cytometry to quantify the role of cell wall remodeling in the fungal innate immune response. The mechanism of immunity, particularly in early divergent fungi, is not well understood, but my preliminary work suggests that the cell wall plays an important role.

What is your favorite fungus and why?

Massospora cicadina, the lifestyle is fascinating and super weird!

Who is your mycology role model?

My undergraduate PI, Matt Kasson, who went out of his way to create a supportive and nurturing lab where students were able to be themselves.

What do you do outside of research?

Outside of research, I work as a DEI educator through the Cornell chapter of Project Biodiversify. We focus on promoting inclusive practices in STEM research and education. I highly recommend checking out the national organization or a local chapter!