Christina completed her B.S. in Chemistry at UNC Wilmington in 2018. At UNCW she worked with the Wright Lab, where her research focused on the application of metabolomics for the discovery of bioactive microbial natural products. She also was a NOAA Hollings Scholar, which provided her the opportunity to work at the Hollings Marine Lab with Dr. John Kucklick, where she worked to identify plasticizers in environmental samples. Christina then moved in an almost direct straight line from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean to pursue her Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara. Now in her third year of the program, she is working with Professor Alison Butler on genomics based discovery of siderophores with new iron binding groups and investigating their biosynthesis.
What Excites You About the NSF BioPACIFIC MIP?
I am excited to collaborate with other students and faculty from across different campuses and areas of research.