Marley completed her undergraduate training in biology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology along with a certificate in Biotechnology. While an undergraduate, she was accepted into an undergraduate research program where she worked on Chagas disease with Dr. Nisha Garg at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. Following her graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from UHCL, she went onto a post baccelearaute program at UTMB called the PREP program where she worked on La Crosse virus with Dr. Alexander Freiberg. Marley began her doctoral training at the UTSA Cell and Molecular Biology program in 2013 and is working with Dr. Floyd Wormley, Jr. on defining the protective immune response elicted by the C. neoformans strain H99γ against all serotypes of Crytpococcus. After completing here PhD, her plan is to enter into a clinical microbiology post-doctorate program where her ultimate goal is to be a laboratory director at a hospital in an infectious disease department.
Marley is committed to outreach activities and is available for school visits, small lab tours, or to teach on a variety of techniques or professional development or topics: tissue culture, how to get started in science, and how to get ready for graduate school interviews.