Amanda is a graduate student in the Cancer and Cell Biology Program at BCM. She graduated with a BS in biological sciences from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. After achieving her BS, she worked as research assistant at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Hospital developing mycobacterium avium (MAP) staining, which is believed to contribute to the onset of Crohn’s disease. She also worked as a research assistant at Peri-Nuc Labs where she worked to define the perinuclear reticulum as a distinct compartment from the endoplasmic reticulum. In the Lichtarge lab, she is exploring laboratory directed evolution, including antibiotic and acid resistance, in E. coli. She is also studying computational research to create a polygenic risk score (PRS) using EA and variant frequency.