I graduated from Stonehill College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science. As an undergraduate, I performed research in the lab of Drs. Robert and Diane Peabody studying the life cycle of the basidiomycete, Armillaria gallica. Following this, I worked as a research technician at UMass Medical School in Dr. Neil Aronin’s lab. Here, I worked to develop an RNAi based therapeutic approach to treat Huntington’s disease. In February 2016, I joined Dr. Schafer’s lab as a graduate student. The overall goal of my project is to understand the mechanisms regulating microglia colonization and integration into neuronal circuits in the developing brain. In particular, I am interested in understanding the role that microglia-vascular interactions have in this colonization and identifying mechanisms regulating microglia-vascular interactions.