Erin received her B.S. in Biology from Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA in 2016. Her undergraduate research focused on characterizing the expression of an antibiotic resistance gene in patient-isolated bacterial strains. Additionally, she studied the role of focal adhesion turnover in epithelial cell migration. Erin joined the UVA Biomedical Sciences program in 2016 and became a member of the Agaisse lab in 2017. For her PhD, she studies the role of a bacterial secreted effector protein during Shigella flexneri cell-to-cell spread. Outside of lab, she enjoys spending time outside, weightlifting, and horseback riding.