I was born and raised in Long Island, New York and then moved to Binghamton, New York where I received my B.S. in biochemistry in 2018. I am currently a third-year biochemistry Ph.D. student in Dr. Michael Marty’s lab at the University of Arizona. In my time in graduate school I have enjoyed mentoring newer members of the group, as well as serving on several departmental committees.
My research interests center on the dynamics, structure, and function of cell membrane systems. My current research goals include better understanding virus biochemistry and developing methods for characterizing the polydispersity of viral ion channels using native or nondenaturing mass spectrometry (MS). I have also used native MS to screen a variety of redox active drugs for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2.
This financial support of the Steele Fellowship will provide me the opportunity to travel to present my research at conferences. I am looking forward to having the chance to discuss my research with experts in the field in the future.