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Hi there!

I'm a PhD Candidate in the Murillo lab
studying forensically important flies.

I was introduced to the world of entomology when I started working with flies that help solve murders. While navigating the world of academic research, I developed an interest in science communication and art. Explore some of my work below!



fly enthusiast + researcher

maggot herder

brooklynite living in california

cat + dog mom

occasional artist

certified reiki master

yoga instructor

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University of California, Riverside

Entomology, Ph.D.

Expected Grad: 2025

John Jay College of Criminal Justice - CUNY

Forensic Science, B.S. | conc. molecular biology

   minor: Mathematics

2015 - 2019, Summa cum laude


University of California, Riverside | Ph.D.

Oct.2021 - present

The Spatiotemporal Distribution of Calliphoridae in Southern California and Their Adaptations to Thermal Stress

Jul.2019 - Oct.2021

Characterization of Insect Hormone Transporters


NAFEA Best PhD Presentation, North American Forensic Entomology Association, 2023

NAFEA Travel Award, North American Forensic Entomology Association, 2023

Lauren and Mildred Anderson Immature Insects Award, UCR Entomology Department, 2023

California Institute of Biodiversity Student Research Grant, 2023

MUVE Student Travel Award, Entomological Society of America, 2022

First Place Riverside Insect Fair Booth, City of Riverside, 2022

Carl Strom/Western Exterminator Scholarship, Western Exterminator, 2022, 2023

Graduate Student Research Grant Program, Joshua Tree National Park Association, 2022

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), National Science Foundation, 2021

Exceptional Remote Teaching Award, UCR Entomology Department, 2021

Presidential Membership Award, Genetics Society of America, 2021

Lauren and Mildred Anderson Immature Insects Award, UCR Entomology Department, 2020

Jonas E. Salk Scholarship, City University of New York, 2019-2023

Honors Program Scholarship, John Jay College, 2015-2019

Hecht Scholarship, John Jay College, 2015-2019

Presidential Scholarship, John Jay College, 2015-2019

Best Inquiry-Based Research Project, John Jay College English Department, 2016


Art / commissions



Are you looking for a cool print of your study organism? Maybe you're looking to spruce up your organization with a new logo?

My commissioned projects have included logos, flyers, portraits, coloring books, and scientific prints! Take a look below for some of my previously commissioned work, and if you're interested in commissioning anything, click the contact me button!

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