Successfully defended my Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Phenotypic, genetic, and transcriptomic decoupling of thermal hardiness across metamorphosis in Drosophila melanogaster.
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– Presented a poster entitled “Phenotypic and Genetic Decoupling of Thermal Hardiness across Metamorphosis” at the 59th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Philadelphia, PA from April 11th – April 15th.
– “Ovary development and cold tolerance of the invasive pest Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) in the central plains,” A collaborative publication with Elizabeth Everman, Ph.D. and a group of undergraduates, was accepted for publication in Environmental Entomology.
– I am also working on publishing my second chapter of my dissertation and looking for potential future positions after graduation.
– Gave an oral presentation entitled “Identifying mechanisms of cold hardiness across metamorphosis in Drosophila melanogaster” at the 7th International Symposium of the Environmental Physiology of Ectotherms and Plants (ISEPEP7) in Tartu, Estonia.
– Gave an oral presentation entitled “Identifying mechanisms of cold hardiness across metamorphosis in Drosophila melanogaster” at the Ecological Genomics Summer Research Forum in Manhattan, KS.
– Awarded the Roger C. Smith Ph.D. Award in Entomology ($1,000) for singificant accomplishment for a student towards the end of their Ph.D.
– Successfully passed my preliminary exams and received Ph.D. candidacy status.
– Taught an undergraduate course entitled “Insects and People,” which focused on how insects impact the lives of humans today and throughout history, with John Ruberson, Ph.D.
– Awarded the Don C. Warren Genetic Scholarship (1,000) for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017.
– Attended Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference in Portland, Oregon and gave an oral presentation entitled “Decoupling of physiology across metamorphosis” in the Larvae, Metamorphosis, and Life Cycles session.
– Competed in the KSU Department of Entomology’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition.
– Presented “Decoupling of physiology across metamorphosis” during the KSU Department of Entomology’s seminar series and passed the thesis proposal step of the Ph.D. degree program.
- Taught introductory courses on R programming
– Presented a poster entitled “Evolution of complex life cycles: Is performance constrained across metamorphosis?” at the 13th Annual Ecological Genomics Symposium in Manhattan, KS.
– Presented “Ontogenetic constraint in the thermal physiology of Drosophila melanogaster: A genomic assessment of the adaptive decoupling hypothesis” at the Ecological Genomics Summer Research Forum at Kansas State University.
– Presented “Temporal Variation at Microsatellite Loci in Wild-Caught Drosophila simulans.” at the Arthropod Genomics Research Symposium at Kansas State University.
– Received certificate of completion for Quantitative Real-Time PCR protocol and diagnosis from Kansas State University.
– Received certificate of completion for RNA sequencing and gene expression analysis from Kansas State University.
– Awarded the Reginald H. Painter Memorial Scholarship for exceptional scholastic and research-based achievements.
– Awarded the Kansas State University chapter of Sigma Xi’s Grants-In-Aid-of-Research (GIAR) for submitted research proposal.
– Featured on KSDB 91.9 FM Wildcat Radio’s “What’s Happening in Your World” discussing the Sigma Xi GIAR award and science in general (click here to listen)
– Presented a poster entitled “Temporal Variation at Microsatellite Loci in Wild-Caught Drosophila simulans” at the 12th Annual Ecological Genomics Summer Research Forum
– Accepted a GRA position at Kansas State University, Department of Entomology
- Pursuit of Ph.D. in entomology
– Recipient of the Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship.
– Successful Thesis Defense – Temporal Variation at Microsatellite Loci in Wild-Caught Drosophila simulans.
– Commencement: Received M.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University
- Recipient of the Biology Graduate Student Award
- Inducted into Alpha Epsilon Lambda – The Graduate Students Honor Society
- A magazine article discussing the recent migration of Drosophila suzukii and the multiple studies at Saint Joseph’s University aimed to better understand this invasive pest.
– Appeared in MAJR Magazine: How My Major is Making a Difference.
- An article in the Spring, 2014 edition of MAJR Magazine concerning community outreach, and the GeoKids LINKS program, at Saint Joseph’s University.
– Presented a poster entitled “Temporal Variation at Microsatellite Loci in Wild-Caught Drosophila simulans” at the Sigma Xi Research Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.
- An article concerning a collaborative, multi-faceted research effort at Saint Joseph’s University to study Drosophila suzukii – a new, invasive fruit fly pest in Pennsylvania.
– Accepted as graduate student (masters) in the Department of Biology at Saint Joseph’s University
- Also started my position as a GeoKids LINKS GK-12 Fellow
– Attended the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)’s Plant Biology meeting in Austin, Texas from July 20th to July 24th and collaboratively produced and presented a poster entitled “Genomic regions responsible for altered reproductive characteristics of Arabidopsis thaliana grown at elevated [CO2]”
– Presented a poster entitled “Drosophila Biodiversity on the Campus of Saint Joseph’s
University” at the Sigma Xi Research Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.
– Presented a poster entitled “Computational Study of Flowering Time Genetics with
QTL Cartographer” at the Sigma Xi Research Symposium at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia.
- An article in SJU Magazine’s Fall 2010 edition highlighting returning students and their stories. (See page 16)