About Victoria E Makal
Victoria “Tori” Fielding is a native Texan, and earned her Bachelors of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University at College Station, with a specialization in Vertebrate Zoology. Upon graduating in 2014, she moved to Gainesville to complete a Master of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the supervision of Dr. Mavis Agbandje-McKenna. During that time, she focused on the biophysical characterization of reptilian dependoparvoviruses as potential alternative therapeutic gene delivery vectors. She completed her Masters in Fall 2016, and began working as a technician in the Boye lab before re-enrolling as a graduate student at UF in order to complete her doctorate. Her current work focuses on the cryo-EM based structural and biophysical characterization of AAV capsid mutants and the overarching goal of developing novel variants with improved transduction of retinal photoreceptors following intravitreal injection.