"I applied to be exposed to research and to see whether or not I would pursue it in my career post undergrad. My goals for the year surround on finishing my Bachelor's in Biochemistry and to continue with my master's right after."
Food and Nutrition, Drug Chemistry, and Forensics
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- US Navy ROTC
- Florida Bright Futures
- Medal of Achievement in NROTC
- Lorraine Morris Scholarship
- Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
- Navy ROTC
- Ronal McDonald House, Haven Hospice, Bible School Teacher, Neurology Research, Camp Boggy Creek, and Mission Trips
Hobbies and Interests
- Dancing, recreational sports, playing the flute, biking, running, weight training, cooking, baking, and mission trips.
The basis for the research project is the ischemic stroke and the evaluation of how the proteins and enzymes are regulated post-stroke. It is known that once the Eicosanoid pathway has progressed, the enzymes and proteins can be harmful or protective. Therefore, I want to know which are the prevailing proteins and enzymes and to what extent are they affecting patients. This will be done by identifying the regulation of genes in a rat model of Middle Cerebral Artery Occlusion. As such, we will be using the Et-1 model to inject Endothelin 1 into the vessel, which will induce vessel restriction proximal to the left cerebral artery and will simulate the ischemic stroke. To assess the extent to which vessel restriction occurs, the laser Doppler, MRI, and real time PCR (qPCR) will be used. To analyze statistically significant data the ΔCT and ΔΔCT of qPCR will be used in reference to the different folds and inductions for gene regulation. The statistic tests will allow analysis of the increase or decrease in production of a particular gene and the different effects on the enzymes. Overall, the purpose of this project is to contribute to innovations into therapeutics, to decrease the extent of reperfusion injury, and to improve the outcome of stroke patients.