Gillette Lab UIUC Aug. 2014 - May 2017
Undergraduate Research Assistant
During my time in Dr. Rhanor Gillette's lab another undergrad and I successfully raised Octopus bimaculoides in land-locked Illinois (check out our website for more about our experience). I also spearheaded a project to determine whether Octopus rubescens store tactile memory in their peripheral or central nervous system.
My Senior thesis focused on discovering how another slimy sea creature, Pleurobranchaea californica, controls acid secretion which is its primary defense mechanism since it lacks a hard shell.
Sub 5 Performance Center Apr. 2011 - Sept. 2017
During my time at Sub 5, I calculated individualized squat programs for athletes to perform specific goals in their running events I successfully trained three athletes to hit their goal time in 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and 3-mile races. Additionally, I tracked and recorded the power and work performance of dozens of athletes to help predict future workout programs through Google sheets.
At the annual Sub 5 Running Camp I led discussions centered on the intersection of physiology and physics and how they govern human movement. I followed these talks with interactive drill sessions in groups of up to 50 youth athletes where they could discover hands-on how the physical principles we discussed affect their movement.