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Research Assistant
Chemistry and Biochemistry


I am currently studying the disordered C-terminal tails of tubulin. We are specifically interested in how the C-terminal tail interacts with its various binding partners, how its conformational ensemble is determined, and the role that post-translational modifications play in tubulin binding and dynamics. Using biophysical techniques such as mass spectrometry and NMR, we are characterizing the extent of modifications on endogenous tubulin isolated from Tetrahymena thermophila. Furthermore, we have developed a technique that allows for the isotopic labeling of functional tubulin for NMR-based studies.


  • BS Biochemistry and Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude, University of Denver, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • NIH/ CU Biophysics Affiliate Award, 2014-2016
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention, 2014
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Gamma of Colorado, University of Denver
  • University of Denver, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry, 2012
  • Essie White Cohn Award for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry, 2011
  • Eleanor Campbell Award for Excellence in Mathematics, 2011
  • James S. Balafas Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry, 2009


  • Chemistry Lab Instructor for CU Science Discoveries, Summer 2014 / 2015