Personal Interests

I was fortunate to grow up in a family that encouraged intellectual development and artistic expression.  From the age of ~11-16, I studied classical ballet intensively with Vladimir Marek and Nancy Smith and as a member of the San Antonio Ballet Junior Company. During that time, I was still able to explore interests in the sciences in high school at Judson High School, and I ultimately attended a liberal arts college (Southwestern University) in Georgetown, Texas.  Not surprisingly, I have a broad range of interests, from ballet to bacteria and beyond that I continue to explore, while adding new interests along the way.  My new project is melding my professional and personal interests in a productive way – the microbiology of fermented foods, specifically cheese.  Finally, I am an advocate for scientific funding to understand autoimmune disease as a result of having several relatives and friends with autoimmune diseases.

Dance links: Richmond Ballet, Ballet Austin

Cheesemaking:  Mastering Artisan Cheesemaking

Olympics links:

*Slide show from Janecky Swamp Shack Trail Cam

Football: Green Bay Packers  Judson High School Rockets

Autoimmune diseases
* Alopecia areata – autoimmune disease that causes hair loss ranging from mild to total (alopecia areata universalis)
* Vitelligo
* Scleroderma
* Type I diabetes
*  Lupus
* Sjögren’s syndrome