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 look forward to learning from the great genetic teacher, Drosophila. My current role is to assist Jackie and Miwa with their ongoing research on the bag of marbles gene and its influence on germline stem cell production. I am also gaining experience in handing fruit flies and anticipate focusing my observations to the molecular level. My other interests include communicating science to the public, attending local music events, and drinking good coffee.