I am an Ithaca native and an Ithaca College graduate. I have a strong interest in the influence of genomics on the field of evolutionary biology and am excited to tackle large data sets to look for patterns of interest. I have a background working with the arthropod phylum and am enthusiastic to be learning from the great genetic teacher Drosophila. My role in our lab is to assist in ongoing research on the bag of marbles gene and its influence on germline stem cell production. I have been gaining experience in laboratory and animal upkeep as well as genetic/genomic techniques such as DNA sequence analysis, CRISPR mutations, and a forthcoming RNA-sequencing project. My other interests include communicating science to the public, attending local music events, outdoor recreation, and drinking a lot of coffee.