Sex chromosomes have evolved many times across the tree of life. Loss of genes and sequence degeneration has long been the defining feature of Y chromosomes. But in addition to degeneration, Y chromosomes undergo a diverse range of modifications such as gene duplication, chromatin modifications, and mutations that alter expression of genes. My work is dedicated to understanding how gene regulation and chromatin modifications evolve on the sex chromosomes. I am studying the recently evolved sex chromosomes of threespine stickleback fish to identify changes in gene expression and histone modifications that are altered early in the formation of sex chromosomes.
I have served as a teaching assistant for undergraduate genetics and introductory biology courses.
I have gained leadership experience as co-president of the UGA Genetics Graduate Student Association from 2019-2020 where I oversaw social outreach and planning of events. I am now serving as the president for Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science, an interdisciplinary group across UGA that supports and provides professional development opportunities for early career scientists.
I was selected as a member of the 2020-2021 cohort of the UGA Graduate School Emerging Leaders Program. In this program, I received professional leadership training ranging from emotional intelligence to conflict resolution.
B.S. (2016) Genetics, Clemson University