Education: B.S. Biology (with minors in Chemistry and Psychology) - University of Minnesota, Duluth
Thesis Research: Studying the cytoprotective roles and other mechanisms of Nrf2 and Keap1 using the Drosophila melanogaster homologs CncC and dKeap1 respectively. The known functions of these proteins include the protection of cells from xenobiotic substances and endogenous reactive oxygen species and regulation of developmental genes. When the Nrf2/Keap1 pathway malfunctions in humans, it can lead to serval diseases, including cancer. Therefore, elucidation of all functions and mechanisms of these proteins is important for understanding their roles in human health.