Biography

I am currently a senior biochemistry major at CSU Fullerton. I have conducted undergraduate research for 17 months and have been a part of the HHMI Program for 14 months. My current research project involves surveying the copper-binding proteome in mammalian blood plasma. Most notably, I am working on helping to identify novel copper-binding plasma chaperones while also exploring how and why taking birth control typically doubles total plasma copper levels. I have also attended the 2013 Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program at the University of Wisconsin- Madison where I aided in producing a recombinant form of the potentially-amyloidogenic protein human cystatin C before subsequently probing its kinetic and structural parameters.

My research interests have always been centered around understanding the relationship between a protein’s structure and function and how disrupting this relationship promotes the development of disease, particularly involving amyloidogenic and metabolic disorders. To this end, I am currently pursuing Ph.D. programs in the fields of Biochemistry and Biophysics after I graduate in the spring of 2014.

Recent Publications and Presentations

"Evidence that a New Blood Plasma Ferro-oxidase may be a Solubilized Form of the Normally Cell Membrane-tethered Multicopper Oxidase, Hephaestin." Poster. 2013 California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Conference. Anaheim, California. 01/2013

"New Insights into Copper Containing Proteins in Mammalian Blood Plasma." Poster. 2013 Human Disorders of Copper Metabolism: Recent Advances and Main Challenges Conference. Baltimore, Maryland (Johns Hopkins University). 04/2013.

"Production and Characterization of Recombinant Human Cystatin C." Presentation. 2013 Integrated Biological Sciences Summer Research Program Final Research Presentations. Madison, Wisconsin (University of Wisconsin- Madison). 07/2013.

"Investigating Copper-Binding Components of the Blood Plasma." Poster. 2014 California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Conference. Santa Clara, California. 01/2014

Awards and Affiliations

- Member of the CSU Fullerton Honors and Scholars Program
- Awardee of the 2014 Howell-CSUPERB Research Scholars Award