I am studying insect physiology, in particular how immune responses vary in insects as they age and what drives changes in immunity in insects. Answering these questions will help to identify vulnerable stages of larval development and could allow for better biological control methods of pests.
Why she came to NDSU for graduate School:
I chose to attend graduate school at North Dakota State University because of its impact-to-size ratio. NDSU produces high impact research and is located in the small, friendly, and vibrant community of Fargo. In addition, the academic culture of the Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU is unique. The faculty members, staff, and students value all aspects of academia – scientific research rigor, innovative teaching, and community service.
My short-term plans include completing a postdoctoral fellowship in biology education. In the long term, I plan to pursue a biology professor of practice position in a department that reflects the unique culture of ours – one that places a high value on evidence-based teaching.