“Y’all don’t know my struggle
Y’all can’t match my hustle
You can’t catch my hustle
You can’t fathom my love, dude”
– Kanye West, “Spaceship”
Under the supervision of Dr. Ashley Burkett, I am investigating ecophenotypic variation in benthic foraminiferal subspecies and variants of interest. The methodology incorporates 16 SSU rDNA sequencing in concert with microCT analysis to investigate questions about the effects of physical and chemical environment on test structure.
As part of my internship on the Mars 2020 mission under project scientist Dr. Ken Farley. Mainly I work on daily science operations of the rover: planning and executing scientific objectives sol by sol.
Under Dr. Matteo Minghetti, my research centered around quantifying and visualizing toxic stress in Rainbow Trout cells to better understand the cellular mechanisms associated with reactive oxygen species regulation. My methodologies involved a number of dynamic, biological staining techniques and fluorescence microscopy quantification techniques. Paper here!
Under Dr. Rob Plowes, project focused on determining whether or not Solenopsis invicta (fire ants) exhibit behavioral fever as a social immune response against Kneallhazia solenopsae: a host-specific microsporidian pathogen being incorporated as a biological control. Besides using qPCR to determine , I largely spent this summer as an ant engineer trying to construct experimental chambers that could isolate temperature as the only variable. I failed lol. Guess that’s science for you.
Feel free to ask me about any of the work and I will do my best to answer your questions!