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My first exposure to research was as an undergraduate (then research tech) in the lab of Julius Adler and the University of Wisconsin, where I studied chemotaxis in E. coli. When I rotated in Bill Gelbart's lab at Harvard, I became interested in chromosome structure and behavior and fell in love with Drosophila genetics. My thesis project revolved around the phenomenon transvection, which is a genetic interaction that is dependent on chromosome pairing. I carried these interests to my postdoctoral studies in Scott Hawley's lab at UC Davis, where I began to study mechanisms of meiotic recombination. I have continued these investigations in my own lab and expanded to study mechanisms of mitotic recombination and related questions.


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