About me

Research interests:

My research focuses on the evolution and diversification of venoms, complex cocktails of toxins injected through a specialized delivery mechanism for the purpose of predation, defense, competition, and digestion. I am using various omic's techniques, including genomics and transciptomics, to better understand how venom structure and expression is influenced by various evolutionary and ecological conditions.

Specifically, I am interested in the phylum Cnidaria, which includes jellyfish and their relatives. Cnidarians are the oldest venomous animals, yet relative to other venomous lineages, their venoms are some of the most poorly understood.

Currently I am a doctoral aspirant in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas, advised under Dr. Paulyn Cartwright.

Gelatinous Sting