I’m graduating with a B.S in Biology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) this spring semester (2018). I have been accepted as a MS student in the Biology program (Biotechnology option) at UML. I intend to graduate with a MS in 2019.
I’ve always been interested in biology, so deciding to take it on as a major was not a hard decision for me. I believe that my passion for biology stems from growing up with lots of farm animals and always being outdoors. Ticks are common parasites around the farms of New England and so I’ve dealt with them for most of my life. But I never would have guessed that I would one day be collecting them for research! After reading articles on ticks and thinking about how to design an experiment on their exoskeleton, I’ve become more interested than I ever thought possible.
I hope that my research provides some useful insights into tick biology and that current and future scientists will find it useful in their own investigations. Ticks and tick-borne illnesses are on the rise across the country, and I would be proud to play a role in understanding why this is and what can be done to slow their progress. Perhaps a better understanding of their exoskeletons will provide some unique insights?