Brigitte is from Staten Island, New York. She is completing a B.S in Biology at the College of Staten Island. Her primary research focuses on vector-borne and zoonotic diseases and how they may impact various communities. Previously Brigitte worked to elucidate the effects of exposure to various environmental contaminants on the three-dimensional anatomical structure of the planarian brain. She hopes that her research will contribute to essential data regarding the impact of ticks and Lyme disease on Staten Island.