Associate Professor Tenure
I received my bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, with a major in Biochemistry. As a graduate student in the Rodeheffer Lab, I am interested in the cellular mechanisms of adipogenesis in obesity, and the molecular cues that regulate adipocyte stem cell activation and regulation.
I began my research career as an undergraduate at DePaul University. After graduating with my B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, I worked as a research associate at Children’s Memorial Research Center (Northwestern University). As a graduate student, I am interested in the developmental timing and molecular basis of adipogenesis as well as the identification of the human adipocyte precursor cell.
I decided to pursue a career in biological research while I was an undergrad at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and a technician at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. My primary interest at this time involved a protein called Tribbles, which is an important modulator of the insulin signaling pathway. I also spent a wonderful summer at the Mayo Clinic developing novel genetic engineering tools in Drosophila. In the Rodeheffer lab, I study the development and maintenance of adipose tissue, how nutrient intake regulates fat mass, and how derangements in these processes lead to metabolic disorders such as obesity and Type II diabetes. As a proud Kansas City native, I love BBQ, the outdoors, and wakeboarding whenever I get the chance.
I'm an undergraduate student (Class of 2015) majoring in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology. I'm doing my senior thesis research in the Rodeheffer Lab, and am interested in the molecular mechanisms of adipogenesis and further characterization of the adipocyte precursor population in mice. When I'm not in lab, I love playing basketball, watching Seinfeld reruns, and practicing string bass.