I am a rising sophomore in the Honors College at the University of Maryland-College Park. I am a Biology major with a concentration in ecology and evolution. My other academic passions include genetics, microbiology, cellular biology, and environmental science. I aspire to attend medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon, immunologist, or gastroenterologist.
This summer I am working at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine under Dr. Claire Fraser. We will be studying the pathogen Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis (MAP) as a possible causative agent of Crohn's disease. I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in April of 2014 and am very familiar with the symptoms, biology, and patterns of the disease. As an aspiring biologist and someone who has firsthand experience with Crohn's disease, I am dedicated to discovering the role MAP plays in Crohn's.