I’m interested in studying the antigenic evolution of the surface glycoprotein haemagglutinin and the enzyme neuraminidase, which are found in influenza A virus (IAV).
My research combines mathematical modeling, bioinformatics analysis, and wet lab assays to understand population immunity and identify potential vaccine targets within IAV. I hope to use this knowledge to aide in the development of a universal influenza vaccine and inform policy makers as to which strains of IAV pose the largest threat for a pandemic.
Previously, I graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Biochemistry. During this time, I completed an honors thesis focusing on the structural importance of proline to hybrid antimicrobial peptides.