Education and Positions: B.A./B.A. Berea College, 2003 in chemistry and mathematics; Ph.D. University of Kentucky, 2008 in biochemistry; Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH/NIDDK, 2008 – 2013 in structural biology of membrane proteins; Research Fellow, NIH/NIDDK, 2013-2014; Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 2014 – 2019; Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, 2019 – present.
Research Interests: Structure and function of membrane proteins, with special focus on metal acquisition and protein folding machineries in pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria, and on protein trafficking and protein folding machineries in chloroplasts.
Honors and Awards: Fellows Award for Research Excellence Award, NIH/NIDDK, 2012, 2013; Team Award, College of Science, Purdue University, 2017; Excellence in Research, Purdue University, 2018; Purdue Graduate Student Mentoring Award, College of Science, Purdue University, 2019; Purdue University Faculty Scholar, College of Science, Purdue University, 2019-2024.
The Protein Society: Member since 2020.
Service: Writer/photographer/webmaster: The NIDDK Informer Newsletter, Fellows Advisory Board, NIH/NIDDK, 2010-2013; Faculty Advisor: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Biomolecular Galaxy, Purdue University, 2016; Co-organizer: Tessman symposium, Purdue University, 2017; Co-organizer: Purdue CryoEM Symposium, 2018; Faculty Advisor: Biology Graduate Student Association, Purdue University, 2019 – present; Founder and Faculty Advisor: Purdue Structural Biology Club, Purdue University, 2017 – present; Co-organizer: Frontiers in Biophysics Seminar Series, Purdue University, 2019 – present.
Vision Statement: If elected to the Nominating Committee, I will work tirelessly to identify and recruit the most talented scientists in the world to The Protein Society, ensuring diversity across disciplines and research interests. While a new member to the society, I feel this opportunity is an excellent platform for me to become immersed in learning more about the society and its history, while also contributing to its mission. I will work to continue the success of the Society, which is founded in the excellence of scientific research and in the excellence of service to the scientific community.