I’m Cam and I’m a first year grad student in the ToBo lab. I’m originally from Westchester, New York and I recently graduated from NC State University with Bachelors degrees in Genetics and in Biochemistry. My previous research in the UNC/NC State Joint Dept. of Biomedical Engineering focused on electrospinning musculoskeletal decellularized tissues and inducing mineralization within hydrogels for musculoskeletal system and tissue regeneration models. In the College of Veterinary Medicine, I worked on developing a PCR assay for forensic sample identifications in soil. At Mote Marine Lab in Sarasota, Florida, my research explored biomarkers in mucus and plasma in the Atlantic stingray and Bonnethead shark, to determine impacts of potential exposure to environmental stressors in the Gulf, such as heavy metal pollution and harmful algal blooms.
I’m excited to explore my research interests in population genetics, marine immunology, and environmental DNA applications to elasmobranch species conservation. My hobbies include enjoying live music, doodling, and wearing funny looking goggles when snorkeling (below).