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Elizabeth Semler

Graduate Student, Vickers Laboratory, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

I was born and raised in upstate New York. After graduating from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a B.S degree in Biochemistry, I spent two years working at the National Cancer Institute under Chris Westlake, and then spent a year working under Dr. George Church at Harvard Medical School. I am glad to have found my home at Vanderbilt with the Vickers’ Lab where I study host-pathogen interactions, cell-cell communication, and microbial small RNAs. When I am not in lab, I love to travel and experience the outdoors. I spent a year with Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji, and have a mission to visit as many countries around the world as I can. I am always looking for my next adventure, and I especially love hiking, skiing, and acro/aerial yoga.