Anatomy & Cell Biology
I am originally from, Sylvania, a suburb of Toledo, Ohio. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Iowa. I graduated in May 2006 with a BS in Biology and minors in Political Science and Religious Studies. As an undergraduate, I had wonderful opportunities to conduct research in multiple labs. I worked in the lab of Dr. Michael Henry investigating the role snail, a transcription factor, has in prostate cancer metastases. I fused snail with a tamoxifen-inducible estrogen receptor to allow for conditional expression. I also investigated the expression of Regulator of G-protein Signaling 3 in zebrafish in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Slusarski.
After moving to Kansas City, I spent the month of July doing a rotation in Dr. John Stanford's laboratory at KUMC researching Parkinson's disease. I studied the effects of a neuroprotective drug on lesioned rats' motor function. My future research interests are investing the mechanisms that produce Alzheimer's disease and potentially finding new treatments for sufferers.
Outside of school, my interests include traveling, reading, attempting to learn how to golf, watching movies, hanging out with my friends, and getting to know the Kansas City area.
I am currently in my 3rd year as a Neurosurgery Resident here at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Mentor & Department:
Dr. Doug Wright
Anatomy & Cell Biolog
Megan Jack, M.D., Ph.D.