"I applied for the Scholars program after I got invovled in my mentor's lab. After working in there for awhile, he offered me the opportunity to continue with my own project through this program, and learn more about laboratory work and the studies in the lab. For the academic year, my goals are to balance lab work, school work, and extracurricular activities, while also trying to apply my lab work to my academic studies."
Applied Physiology and Kinesiology
My primary academic interests start with graduating with my Bachelors in Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, in hopes of going to medical school and becoming a pathologist. I am hoping the research I am doing for my project now will help me understand basic laboratory techniques that a pathologist would use, and develop a further interest in the lab and what can be discovered and made possible by the work done in there.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Bright Futures (2008)
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars (2008-2010)
- UF Mortar Board (2010)
I am a part of Friends Across the Ages, a volunteer program where you visit the residents in a nursing home, to offer friendship and support. I also foster animals for Gainesville Pet Rescue on the weekends.
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, running, sports, and reading.
Effect of Exercise on Mitochondrial Regulation in Tumorigenic Testes of Aged Fischer 344 Rats
Tumors are associated with dysregulated mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis and impaired mitochondrial metabolism, and the incidence of tumors increases with age. While exercise has been shown to reduce mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis and improve mitochondrial bioenergetics in various tissues, its effect on aged tumorigenic testes is unknown. The purpose of the study is to evaluate whether mitochondrial apoptotic markers and mitochondrial content will differ in, 1) young control testes (YC; 6m; Fischer 344; n=4 group), 2) old control non-tumorigenic testes (OC; 22-24m; Fischer 344), 3) old tumorigenic testes (OT), 4) old tumorigenic exercise-trained (OT-E; 10 weeks treadmill training) testes. A variety of experimental techniques will be employed to achieve the purposes, these techniques include: 1) Western Blot Analyses (examination of proteins by gel electrophoresis), 2) Mitochondrial Enzyme Activities (assesses overall mitochondrial content and function in various tissues).