Lizzie joined the Steadman Philippon Research Institute as a research technician in July 2015. Lizzie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Neuroscience with a minor in Spanish from Middlebury College in 2014. At Middlebury, Lizzie played varsity softball and was a member of the sailing team all four years. Upon graduation, Lizzie moved back to her hometown of Chicago, where she did research in a developmental neurobiology lab at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie Children’s Hospital under Dr. Jhumku Kohtz. There, her research was primarily concerned with understanding the interneuron-specific gene expression changes that account for the behavioral consequences of Evf2 long non-coding RNA loss.
Her current projects at SPRI investigate how muscle, bone, and cartilage regeneration can be enhanced using a variety of methods. Additionally she is exploring whether mechanical stretching can rejuvenate aged cells. Lizzie is very excited to be part of these projects and hopes that her research can be translated into treatments that will accelerate the healing of patients with orthopedic injuries in the future.
In her spare time, Lizzie loves to hike, run, ski, camp, and explore the mountains as much as possible. Sometimes she gets tired though and bakes treats for all of her coworkers instead.