Gina graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Biology in 2014. Shortly after her graduation, she moved to San Antonio, Texas to be near her family. In August of 2014, she began volunteering in a fungal genetics lab that studied Candida species at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio under the guidance of Dr. David Kadosh. She worked in his lab for about one year, after which she entered the Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
She is currently working in the lab of Dr. Jose L. Lopez-Ribot. His lab is focused on drug development and discovery for the treatment of Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogenic fungus. The lab focuses on drug development because the number of antifungals available is very limited, and toxicity and resistance have been a problem since their inception. Gina’s project is to show that it could be possible to repurpose two off-patent drugs that have been through clinical trials and may currently be used to treat specific diseases, to treat Candida and other common fungal infections instead, thereby finding possible candidates to increase the antifungal arsenal.