The goal of my research is to utilize an in vitro model that combines 3D lung epithelial cells with macrophages to incorporate an immune component into the model used by the Tilton lab. This model will be used to evaluate toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures which are commonly found in air pollution following incomplete combustion processes such as the burning of gasoline or wildfires.
I enjoy learning about different methods and techniques used to evaluate hypotheses. The variety of approaches used within the program means there is plenty to learn while doing my own research and through conversations with others.
I hope the new model can be used to better represent the human lung in vitro and improve our understanding of the mechanisms of toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon mixtures.
I always was curious and had an interest in science, and I loved chemistry and physics in high school. During undergrad, I joined a pharmaceutical sciences research lab that introduced me to research. I enjoyed the critical thinking aspect and how there was more than a single correct way to answer a question. I quickly realized that I wanted to do more research in the future.
I’ve tossed around a few ideas but I’m not sure yet since I want to do a little bit of everything.
I enjoy playing guitar, banjo, and other similar instruments, and playing board games, but my favorite hobby is going on hikes and spending time outdoors.