2015 – Present Graduate Student, Biochemistry, University of Notre Dame
2015 B.S., Biochemistry, Clemson University
Honors and Awards
2014 – 2015 Dean’s List
2012 Dean’s List
2011 – 2015 National Merit® scholarship
2011 – 2015 Palmetto Fellows scholarship
Streptokinase (SK) is a secreted virulence factor produced by group A streptococcus (GAS). SK is used to convert host plasminogen into plasmin which allows GAS to disrupt the host fibrinolytic system, escape the immune system, and invade tissues. There are 3 variants of SK with differences in function that have been linked to the β-domain of SK. My interest is in determining the basis of these functional differences within the structure of the SK β-domain.