I am a first year PhD student in Biology at Arizona State University under the mentorship of Dr. Debra [Page] Baluch. My project focuses on the regulation of smooth muscle in mouse uterine tissue. I study the role of tyramine (a monoamine derived from the amino acid tyrosine) in uterine contraction. Understanding this alternative mechanism that induces uterine contractions could ultimately help to develop better treatment options in stopping premature birth.
As a member of the scientific community, I am well aware that outreach is an essential part of education and engagement. I am currently the president/ co-founder of the Sun Devil Microscopy Club and I am also the president of the Society for Women in STEM Club at Arizona State University. My participation in these organizations allows me to strengthen my leadership skills by being able to organize/chair various events such as Hands on Science. This particular event encourages young females (grades k-12) in science to pursue a career in STEM.
My interest in service on the MSA Student Council began when I attended and gave a talk during the biological sessions of the M&M 2017 Inaugural Pre-Meeting Congress for Early Career Professionals in Microscopy & Microanalysis, St. Louis MO. This was my first time giving a talk at a professional conference and every member of the student council made me feel extremely welcome and significantly helped to calm my nerves. When I expressed my interest in being on the student council, I was appointed as the Biological Sciences Co-Chair for the 2018 PMCx60 in Baltimore.