I started working in the Vegetable Entomology Lab as an undergraduate research assistant while pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Zoology with a concentration in Marine Biology at Michigan State University. During my time as an undergraduate I worked on many projects a variety of focuses including plant insect interactions, predator and prey interactions, chemical ecology, molecular biology, and pest management. My research as a master’s student aims to investigate a possible relationship between onion thrips and Pantoea agglomerans, a bacterial pathogen which causes leaf blight and bulb rot in onions. Ultimately my research will assist growers with the development of management strategies to combat the effects of both onion thrips and P. agglomerans. Following graduation from MSU, I hope to acquire a research and development position with a focus in molecular biology.