Senior CSCG Fellow
My passion is for dentistry and conveying the importance of oral health to the public, especially those in underserved areas. The CSCG speaker series has given me the opportunity to meet and talk with remarkable leaders in science. I have traveled out of my comfort zone with classes ranging from gender studies to global health policies. In my time as a fellow, I have gained a deeper appreciation for humanity-based medicine and will applythose ideals in my future pursuits as a dentist in impoverished areas.
My Major/Minor/Campus Organizations
My Favorite CSCG Events
<– Click on the links to the left! The event spotlighting Dr. Richard Heinzl opened my eyes to the CSCG and the intersection between science and the humanities. Dr. Heinzl helped establish Doctors Without Borders in North America, an organization that encompasses the ideals of how I want to practice dentistry. The lecture by Dr. Tyrone Hayes shone a light on controversial pesticides widely used today. While my interests do not lie in the environmental or policy making region of science, this event exposed me to controversies in science and challenged me to support my beliefs and opinions with evidence.
I work in Prof. Julia Koeppe’s Chemistry lab studying the interactions between the lectin-like domain of Thrombomodulin and Complement Component C3 using Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET). Thrombomodulin is most studied for its role as a down-regulator of blood clotting, but the lectin-like domain has more recently been shown to interfere with proteins in the innate immune system, most specifically Component 3 (C3). By understanding the relationship between these two proteins, we can target the causes of many inflammatory diseases.
My CSCG Courses
POL-399 (Science and the Common Good); POL-354 (Global Health); MCS-275 (Science Writing); MCS-340 (Gender and Ethnicities)
Life After Ursinus
I plan to attend Dental School and earn my DDS and then pursue an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency, which awards an MD. Instead of going straight into commercial practice, I hopeto join the Airforce Reserves and devote my time to helping underserved areas of both the United States and developing countries.
Life After Ursinus
My experiences as a CSCG Fellow have given me a deeper appreciation for humanity-based medicine, which I will use in my career as an advocate for oral health and a dentist serving in impoverished areas.