I grew up for the most part in Pennsylvania, completing my Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at James Madison University in Virginia in May 2016. My undergraduate research as well as internships in Muenster, Germany and at Merck focused on organic chemistry within the pharmaceutical industry. After graduation, I took a year off, working as a hiking guide in Alaska and traveling through New Zealand. In August 2017, I moved to Fort Collins to continue exploring the mountains of Colorado but also to start working towards a Ph.D. in the field of biosensors applied to environmental problems.
Citrus Greening Project
There is currently a disease affecting citrus trees in Florida, called the citrus greening disease. It is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid and results in infected trees and unripe oranges. If left untreated, it could severely impact the economy of Florida. Our goal is to examine land management practices and insecticide application in order to reduce spreading of the disease. My role in the project involves developing and creating sensors to detect the various insecticides on the trees.
For more details about the research conducted in the Borch group please click here.