During my Biochemistry undergraduate degree at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, I became very interested in cell metabolism research. I moved to Victoria to study lymphocyte metabolism in Dr. Julian Lum’s laboratory in the fall of 2013. Under Julian’s supervision I studied transcriptional regulation of a metabolic enzyme during the initiation of lymphocyte cell growth.
Since graduating with my MSc. in Biochemistry, I have continued my research in Julian’s lab, studying the metabolic pathways involved in rapidly expanding T cells. We are interested in understanding how to enhance their metabolism to improve T expansion ex vivo, and fitness in vivo upon adoptive transfer into patients.