My research background began over six years ago in a Neuroscience and Cell Biology lab, where as a 16 year old I fell in love with "life in the lab." Since then, I have worked extensively on promoting healthy relationships among Texas youth with a public health research and outreach team, completed an undergraduate thesis titled "The Evolution of Testis Architecture and Sperm Morphology in Anolis Lizards"(1), worked to reduce the use of animal products in the pursuit of developing an anti-malaria vaccine, and am now currently aiding a team of graduate students, post-docs, and research professionals in the pursuit of developing a novel therapeutic to combat the age-associated blindness disease, macular degeneration.
In my hometown of Galveston, TX, I helped my parents maintain and harvest heirloom tomatoes, unusual strains of lettuce, and a wide variety of herbs and fruits in our family-built aquaponics-based greenhouse. I also learned how to use scoby to ferment tea into the highly beneficial, energizing, and tasty beverage called kombucha.
Now, at Open-Bio Labs, I have the opportunity to combine my love of science and innovation with my familiarity of botany and fermentation in an effort to combat the terrifying phenomenon that is global warming.