What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your work or line of research

I am currently a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Elaine Fuchs at the Rockefeller University in New York. In my research I am interested in delineating cellular communication circuits between stem cells and their niche in the intestine. More specifically, I want to understand how crypt-associated lymphatic capillaries regulate intestinal stem cell activity.

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?

I have recently gotten involved with the preLights community, which provided me with the opportunity to interact with a number of like-minded science aficionados and discuss about as well as highlight new and interesting scientific findings. Within the frame of the ASAPbio Fellows program I hope to learn more about the preprint landscape, how to effectively integrate preprints and their results within the broader scientific community and to improve my writing and communication skills, while getting to learn from and interact with other ASAPbio Fellows.

What are you excited about in science communication?

Especially following the COVID-19 pandemic, I think more and more people have started to recognize the importance and value of effectively communicating scientific information to a broader, lay audience. I am excited about further developing my skillset in science communication, raising awareness for it and hopefully getting people outside of academic science excited about the topics I work on and am interested in.

Ask me about…

Music – whenever I manage to escape the lab I love to play the classical guitar and piano.

NYC on- and off-broadway shows.

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