Erika was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and attended Widener University where she received her BS in Biology in December 2015. During her undergraduate career she studied the physiology of hatchling and juvenile diamondback terrapins (Malaclemys terrapin terrapin) and the role of insulators, Homie and Nhomie, flanking eve in various Drosophila species. After graduation, Erika worked briefly as a lab technician for the City of Reading before attending graduate school at Penn State College of Medicine. She is currently studying the role of IDH1 in ovarian cancer initiation and progression. Erika is funded by an F31 from the NCI. She is also the recipient of the Patrick G. Quinn Award for outstanding doctoral student in the Department of Cellular & Molecular Physiology.
Read Erika’s manuscript on IDH1 as a metabolic vulnerability in ovarian cancer here
Read Erika’s mini review here
Contact Erika: firstname.lastname@example.org