What is your previous work experience?
Previously, I conducted molecular and cell biology research in academic laboratories. At Duke, I worked with genes involved with embryonic development and sex determination. At Massachusetts General Hospital, I studied genes and molecular pathways associated with development of the immune system and leukemia.

Why did you choose the Nicholas School?
In the Ecotoxicology and Human Health program at the Nicholas School, I am able to combine my background in biology with my passion for environmental sustainability. I am surrounded by faculty and students who share my passion and who are at the cutting edge of their field. The Nicholas School also happens to be just down the road from my home!

Do you have any areas of interest or special focus you will undertake during your time at the Nicholas School?
I plan to conduct research at the Superfund Research Center (SRC) on bioremediation, utilizing bacteria and fungi to break down toxic pollutants.

What are you looking forward to as a new Nicholas School student?
I am looking forward to being in a place with such an interdisciplinary focus, in which people with diverse sets of skills can come together to tackle complex environmental problems. I am also looking forward to developing friendships and having a vast network of amazing, talented people. 

What future plans do you have for your career after the Nicholas School?
I hope to continue work on bioremediation, either at an environmental consulting firm or research institution, or possibly continue work with the EPA on Superfund research.

Personal thanks:
Receiving this scholarship was one of the most exciting things that has happened to me! I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for several years and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to pursue my passion and reinvent my career, and hopefully make a positive impact in the world. This scholarship has eased the financial burden on my family and allows me to devote my time and energy to my studies guilt-free! A huge thank you to the donors who have made this possible.