|Present||Vice President of External Engagement, Illinois Math and Science Academy|
Honors and Awards
- Department of State Meritorious Achievement Award for “invaluable contributions to fulfilling the President's vision of engagement with Muslim communities through science diplomacy” (2011)
- AAAS Science & Technology Policy - Diplomacy, Security, and Development Fellow (2010-2011)
- White House Fellows Program regional finalist (2010)
- American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant – ASM Biodefense and Emerging Disease Meeting (2010)
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2006-2009)
- Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellow (2005)
- National Institutes of Health Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2004)
- Northwestern University Irving M. Klotz Award for Basic Research given for top senior honors thesis in the biological sciences (2004)
- American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant – ASM Biofilms Meeting (2003)
- Northwestern University Richman Fund Research Award (2003)
- Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Grants Committee Award (2002)
- Northwestern University Sarah Boylee Fund Research Award (2002)
|January 2010||Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University School of Medicine ‐ Department of Microbiology & Immunology|
|June 2004||Bachelor of Arts with Departmental Honors, Northwestern University ‐ Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology|
Dermacentor andersoni Transmission of Francisella tularensis subsp. novicida Reflects Bacterial Colonization, Dissemination, and Replication Coordinated with Tick Feeding Infection and Immunity (2011)
Ticks serve as biological vectors for a wide variety of bacterial pathogens which must be able toefficiently colonize specific tick tissues prior to transmission. The bacterial determinants of tick colonizationare largely unknown, a knowledge gap ...
Contributions of Francisella tularensis subsp. novicida Chitinases and Sec Secretion System to Biofilm Formation on Chitin Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2010)
Francisella tularensis, the zoonotic cause of tularemia, can infect numerous mammals and other eukaryotes.Although studying F. tularensis pathogenesis is essential to comprehending disease, mammalian infection isjust one step in the ecology of Francisella species. F. ...
Francisella tularensis Type A Strains Cause the Rapid Encystment of Acanthamoeba castellanii and Survive in Amoebal Cysts for Three Weeks Postinfection Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2009)
Francisella tularensis, the causative agent of the zoonotic disease tularemia, has recently gained increasedattention due to the emergence of tularemia in geographical areas where the disease has been previouslyunknown and to the organism’s potential as ...
Influence of the Hydrodynamic Environment on Quorum Sensing in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms Journal of Bacteriology (2007)
We provide experimental and modeling evidence that the hydrodynamic environment can impact quorumsensing (QS) in a <em>Pseudomonas aeruginosa</em> biofilm. The amount of biofilm biomass required for full QS induction of the population increased as the ...
In vivo negative selection screen identifies genes required for Francisella virulence PNAS (2007)
<em>Francisella tularensis</em> subverts the immune system to rapidly grow within mammalian hosts, often causing tularemia, a fatal disease. This pathogen targets the cytosol of macrophages where it replicates by using the genes encoded in the ...
Induced Biliary Excretion of Listeria monocytogenes Infection and Immunity (2006)
Listeria monocytogenes is a ubiquitous gram-positive bacterium that can cause systemic and often lifethreateningdisease in immunocompromised hosts. This organism is largely an intracellular pathogen; however,we have determined that it can also grow extracellularly in animals, ...
Environmental Implications of Francisella Tularensis Biofilms Doctoral Dissertations (2009)
Francisella tularensis survives in one of the widest environmental ranges of any pathogen. Numerous mammals and arthropod vectors are infected by this highly virulent organism. How this zoonotic pathogen persists outside of its many hosts ...