earned my B.A. in biology from New College of Florida, and started my career as a middle school science teacher. During that time, I earned my M.Ed. from Endicott College and my Secondary I Montessori teaching credential. After nine years of teaching, I entered a Ph.D. program at UNC-Chapel Hill in Microbiology and Immunology where I am currently finishing my 4th year. My dissertation research involves mapping potential neutralization eptiopes, developing a vaccine platform, and deciphering the evolutionary mechanisms of GII.4 noroviruses. I am also generally interested in emergent RNA viruses, viral evolution, and gastrointestinal pathogens. I enjoy participating in science-related outreach activities including DNA Day, UNC Research Day, the UNC Science Expo, and mentoring activities for undergraduate research students.