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I am currently employed as a full-time laboratory technician/quality analyst in the virology laboratory at Shire Pharmaceuticals. We perform PCR testing of human plasma samples prior to releasing the lots to our R&D team for immunological drug development for rare disease treatments. I am also currently a research intern for the Wildlife Resources & Education Network and volunteer with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. My company is providing me the opportunity to pursue a (non-thesis) Master’s degree as a part-time student at UAB. The focus of my studies has been on infectious diseases.

I have a B.S. in Animal Science and previously worked in both large and small animal veterinary medicine as a technician at Auburn University. During my time at Auburn, I assisted in cardiology research at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, (conducted by Dr. Ray Dillon DVM, MS, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM) on ventricular remodeling after the induction of mitral regurgitation in Beagles in addition to a swine research project at the Auburn University Swine Unit: “Establishing the Mangalica as a Translational Model for Juvenile Obesity and Diabetes” (under the supervision of Dr. Terry Brandebourg, Ph.D.). More recently, I worked as an in-vivo Research Technician in the Drug Development Division of Southern Research. I primarily worked in toxicology (both general and developmental/reproductive), cancer therapeutics, and infectious disease research. This work is what sparked my interest in studying the biology of infectious diseases.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephen Watts

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