Gillette Lab UIUC Aug. 2014 - May 2017
Undergraduate Research Assistant
I worked on several projects throughout my time in Rhanor Gillette’s laboratory. My Senior Thesis focused on the control of acid secretion in Pleurobranchaea californica. I was also able to investigate the effect of neurotransmitters, agonists and antagonists on the attenuation of neural signals in the peripheral nervous system of P. californica. With some luck another undergrad and I successfully raised Octopus bimaculoides in land-locked Illinois (check out our website for more about our experience). Finally, I spearheaded a project to determine whether Octopus rubescens store tactile memory in their peripheral or central nervous system.
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 several 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 platforms. At the annual Sub 5 Running Camp I lead discussions centered on the intersection of physiological and physical principles which govern human movement. I followed these talks with interactive drill sessions in groups of up to 50 middle school and high school aged athletes where they could discover how the physical principles we discussed constrained their movement.