Chicago Women in STEM Initiative

I completed my B.A. in Psychology at the University of Rochester in 2014, which is where my passion for science and research began. I was a Head Research Assistant working with Dr. Jeremy Jamieson studying the impacts of stress on decisions, emotions, and performance. I then continued exploring my interest in the sciences through summer research with Dr. Elyse Bolterstein at Northeastern Illinois University where I was able to study DNA repair proteins and premature aging in Drosophila Melanogaster. These experiences together motivated me to pursue my lifelong interest in reproductive sciences and the medical field. Therefore, I matriculated into the Masters of Reproductive Science and Medicine program (MS-RSM) in The Graduate School of Northwestern University in fall of 2016. I joined the Duncan Laboratory in January of 2017, where my thesis research focused on the role of O-GlcNAcylation in oocytes from multiple species, including mouse, bovine, and human (First published: 21 February 2019, During my time in the MS-RSM program, I received the Constance Campbell Memorial Research Award for my poster presented at the 2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit. Additionally, I was a recipient of the Constance Campbell Trainee Travel Award for spring 2018. Finally, I am the first ever student to receive the Makowski Award for Most Outstanding MS-RSM Student in June 2018. Currently, I am the research lab manager for Dr. Francesca E. Duncan in the OB/GYN department in the Feinberg School of Medicine. Additionally, I am actively involved and participate with the Center for Reproductive Science at Northwestern University, MS-RSM program at Northwestern University, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Women’s Health Research Institute, and the Oncofertility Consortium. I am very eager to continue engaging with the Chicago Women in STEM Initiative as promoting and supporting women in science is of high importance to me.