I received my Ph.D. from the Institute for Public Health Genetics at the University of Washington. The program is interdisciplinary, focusing on genetic analysis and technologies, and also on the ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding genetics. Coursework included genetic epidemiology, epidemiologic methods, pharmacogenomics/toxicogenomics, medical genetics, biostatistics, pharmacokinetics, ethical frameworks, health services, policy development, genetics and the law, and the social implications of genetic technology in public health. In addition to this core, I have taken courses in teaching, science communication, and programming in Python and R.
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with honors, a Minor in Chemistry, and a Master’s of Science in Biology at Stanford University. I completed my honors thesis with Dr. Kari Nadeau on the role of regulatory T cells in controlling the T cell response in allergic asthma. In this work, I studied cell signaling pathways with florescence-tagged antibodies, chemotaxis in response to lymphokines, and suppression and activation of cell proliferation in cells isolated from patients with allergic asthma. The courses I took in theoretical population genetics and medical genetics inspired my interest in how genetics affects our health, and how we can use population-level genetic patterns to improve medical care.
I have completed additional training in science communication through the COMPASS workshops and the Science Communication Fellows Program at the Pacific Science Center.