While in the Deheyn lab I was earning my B.S. and M.S. in Marine Biology at the University of California, San Diego. I was working on completing a short thesis for the Scripps Undergraduate Honors Program. The project is based on isolating the photoproteins in a species of bioluminescent brittle star, Ophiopsila californica. Upon successful extraction and purification, we will then work on characterizing and identifying the sequence of the photoprotein. I was a member of the UCSD women's basketball team for three years and I enjoy SUCBA diving and snorkeling in my free time.