I was born in Panama and have since lived in several other countries and U.S. states so I have a difficult time coming up with a hometown. I studied Spanish language and literature and biology at Kalamazoo College as an undergraduate and while I was there I fell in love with research and with fish. After college, I spent a year in Australia studying osmoregulation in mollusks before starting the dual DVM/PhD program at Cornell.
I love being outdoors, especially if hiking, kayaking, or camping is involved. I also really enjoy cooking, traveling, and spending time with my friends, my family, and my dog.
After finishing my PhD and DVM, I would like to apply to the Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control. I am very interested in the ecology of infectious diseases, so I hope to gain some post-doctoral research experience in ecology to complement my current training in infectious diseases. Ultimately, I would like to enter academia and teach undergraduate, graduate, and veterinary students in addition to continuing research on infectious diseases. I would love to incorporate an international aspect to my research as well.