Althea completed her undergraduate training in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. While an undergraduate at UTSA, she worked under Dr. Janakiram Seshu, characterizing genes involved in virulence for Borrelia burgdorferi, the etiological agent of Lyme disease.
After graduation, Althea worked for the Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics (CEIG) at UTSA, teaching K-12 grade students and High School teachers in San Antonio about STEM field, specifically Microbiology and Immunology. Althea began her doctoral training in the Cell and Molecular Biology Doctoral program in 2013 and is working with Dr. Floyd Wormley Jr. on determining host’s immune response against the opportunistic fungal pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans. She is also actively teaching as a Teaching Assistant for the Intro to Microbiology Laboratory, as well as assisting Dr. Gail Taylor as a guest speaker for Undergraduate students.
Althea has presented her research at the American Society for Microbiology conference in Boston, UTSA’s College of Sciences Research Conference, and the Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio Conference. She has also attended several national and specialized conferences, including SACNAS, ABRCAMS, and South Central Medical Mycology Association presentations.
Althea is committed to community outreach and promoting higher education by participating with UTSA’s faculty teaching upper division courses, volunteering at local and state science fairs, as well as teaching and presenting scientific demonstrations through CEIG at the Girls Inc. Rock it into the Future!, Converse Public Library, and UTSA’s iTEC summer camp. She also teaches molecular biology techniques to undergraduate students in Dr. Wormley’s and Dr. Seshu’s laboratories.