I received my Bachelor of Science in Evolution and Ecology with an emphasis in Microbiology from The Ohio State University. Throughout my undergraduate studies, I have had the opportunity to explore my interest in human disease through several internships in the microbiology lab at the Ohio Department of Health. I worked with a variety of human pathogens, from West Nile Virus and Rabies to HIV and H1N1. My experience at ODH fueled my passion for working with microorganisms and my fascination with disease pathogenesis. At OSU, I worked as a research assistant in a food microbiology lab, where I conducted research on fungal spoilage of eggs. I was also a teaching assistant in the Microbiology Department. These experiences, in combination with my enthusiasm for learning and desire to contribute to the alleviation of human disease, led me to pursue my PhD. My research interests include molecular virology and microbial pathogenesis.