The CRM Program appeals to me because of the vast interdisciplinary work done throughout the CRM Program. I feel that my skills and experience as a biologist will help me bring a unique element to the CRM Program. Before moving to North Carolina I studied to get my MS in biology with concentrated research in the microbiological field. I have previously worked with -amine and -thiol tagged nanoparticles and studies their effects on the degradation of dendritic function in rat neuronal cells (PC 12). I have also studied the transferability of different bacteria on different types of fabrics.