I am a Graduate Student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who just successfully defended her dissertation under the supervision of Paul S. Maddox!  I am incredibly passionate about science, mentoring, and having fun while doing it. Animals have always been a favorite of mine, and as a scientist, I've already had fantastic opportunities to research them, and am excited for my future research. As a student in the Curriculum Genetics and Molecular Biology , I got the chance to meet a beautiful parrot at a bar during the UNC Genetics Scientific Retreat (2017) in Asheville, North Carolina.