Fields of Research
- Gene Architecture and Action
- Intracellular Signaling
- Molecular Basis of Disease
I investigate how the transcriptional and post-translational profile of the cell is altered to mitigate damage by environmental stresses.
When exposed to stress, cells must rapidly respond and adapt, or they risk suffering permanent damage. Post-translational modification of substrates by the protein SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) is a critical signaling process across diverse cellular stress responses. I research how SUMOylation is regulated and its role in protecting DNA and modulating transcription during ethanol and heavy metal stresses.
Awards and Honors
Honorable mention – NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), 2019