Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
A graduate of two local Arizona universities, Sierra is now a Research Associate in the Altin Lab. She conducts molecular screening to identify high-affinity interactions for the development of prototype Bartonella hensalae and Chikungunya virus biothreat detectors based on small-molecule moieties. Since the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Sierra's research has expanded to include investigations into the potential roles of new viral infections (such as coronavirus) or the reactivation of latent infections in triggering reactivation of latent TB.
Sierra's favorite project so far is the South Africa Tuberculosis Study.