Hannah is a PNW native who completed both her PhD and Master’s degrees in parallel at the University of Utah in 2015. She has a long-standing interest in helping people through scientific research and she specializes in genetic approaches to solving important biological questions that both advance our fundamental understanding of living organisms and informs clinical practice. Before her PhD, Hannah contributed to understanding what factors increase the chance of E. coli successfully infecting the urinary tract. Hannah’s graduate project then used fruit flies to investigate the underlying cellular mechanism and a novel therapeutic approach to a rare neurodegenerative disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy. Most recently, Hannah added fish to her toolkit of model organisms (now mice, flies, and fish) and completed her post-doctoral studies on the role of the Hedgehog signaling pathway in regulating the 3D cell movements required for proper eye development.
Hannah is an active member of her community and particularly loves opportunities for increasing science literacy in adults. When she is not pushing her brain, Hannah can be found pushing her body while exploring all of Utah’s outdoor playgrounds with her partner, Tyson, and her dog, Milo.
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