What leadership roles or volunteer experiences have been important to you during your time at Maryland?
I have had the opportunity to hold a number of leadership roles at the University of Maryland, primarily through my participation in the MOCB/CBMG Graduate Student Association (GSA). I served as President, Vice-President, and chair of the committee that invites honored guest seminar speakers. Through these various positions over the years, I have been able to meet Nobel Prize-winning scientists that we hosted for special seminars, a number of local scientists and professionals that we hosted for career development panels and seminars, and above all, engage with my fellow graduate students in my program, at these seminars, panels, and social events designed to bring the BISI community closer together.
How will you make a positive difference in the world?
I have spent most of my professional life after college working on biomedically relevant diseases and treatments. I helped develop an HIV diagnostic assay at the FDA, and I have worked on vaccines for HIV, TB, and currently, influenza, at a number of different laboratories. Throughout all of my research experience, I have never wavered in my desire to continue working on improving human health by tackling tough issues that confront modern science and medicine. With my PhD and experiences before, during, and after graduate school, I plan on continuing my work on vaccines for the diseases that impact us the most, in order to help ensure that we all have the best quality of life possible.
What is your major, minor, class and graduation year?
During my undergraduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, I majored in Biology and minored in History, and graduated in 2004. Currently, during my graduate studies inthe BISI program, I am focusing on Immunology and Virology for my thesis research.
What is your Hometown?
I was born in Baltimore City, and raised in Towson, in Baltimore County.