Nora Brown, Graduate Student
Nora grew up in Denver, Colorado, and completed her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving degrees in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology as well as Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During her time at CU, Nora worked with Dr. Pieter Johnson studying the disease ecology of trematode parasite worms, in order to understand how parasites impact, and are impacted, by factors in the environment such as nutrient cycling and host availability.
Nora is interested in understanding how molecular mechanisms contribute to hybrid sterility, inviability, and speciation events in Drosophila. She is currently studying the cellular and molecular functions of overdrive, a gene responsible for hybrid male sterility in two subspecies of Drosophila pseudoobscura. Using a combination of genetic, cellular, and molecular biology techniques, she hopes to understand the mechanisms underlying sterility and their contributions to speciation.
Outside of lab, she enjoys watching movies, hiking, and sampling beers from the breweries in Salt Lake.