Degree Program: PhD
Advisor: Ben Titus
Miranda is a master’s student interested in the evolution and diversity of anemone venom. She began her journey as an undergraduate researching the effects of anthropogenic factors on the righting ability of the sea star Asterias rubens at the University of Florida. Upon graduating she was given the opportunity to work at the Titus lab as an NSF fellow studying the evolution and species delimitation of the magnificent sea anemone, Heteractis magnifica. She is continuing her studies as an MSc student studying the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis, delving into its evolutionary history, venom composition, and potential for use as a model organism in a variety of medical research. In the future, she hopes to bridge the gap between the marine sciences and medicine, using anemone venom to produce human therapeutics for a variety of diseases and disorders.