Currently, my work is focused on a population genetics level within three populations of Scaptomyza flava exposed to two plants common to their natural environment. By observing ovipositor morphology within each population, I hope to see selective pressures within the populations related to the toughness of both common plants. The ultimate goal of my work, with the help of others, will be to compare the genetic basis of ovipositor morphology in S. flava and other members of Drosophilidae. I joined the lab in May 2014 and I have worked long-term with Andy Gloss.
I am a second-year student with senior standing studying Molecular and Cellular Biology under the Honors College. Tucson is my hometown, and I enjoy working year-round in the lab. I plan to graduate with a B.S. and complete a Masters program in genetics, molecular biology, or bioinformatics. My work in the lab allows me to better understand modern population genetics techniques and gain experience with up-to-date sequencing methods and technologies in genomics and proteomics.
Honors and Awards
- University of Arizona Undergraduate Research Grant (UGRG) Recipient 2015
- University of Arizona Undergraduate Biological Research Program (UBRP) Recipient 2015
- National Merit Finalist Scholarship Recipient 2013 - present
- Honor Roll at University of Arizona Spring 2014
- Wildcat Excellence Award 2013
- University of Arizona Honors College 2013 - present