Chelsea received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. During her undergraduate research, she investigated the evolution of conserved gene regulatory networks in the freshwater sponge model system. Chelsea joined the Agaisse lab in 2017 as a BIMS graduate student. For her PhD, she is going to work on characterizing the host innate immune response during Shigella flexneri infection. She will also investigate the modulation of host cell signaling by Shigella effector proteins. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with her Aussie, Ollie.