Lantana is originally from a small town in New Jersey in an agricultural area. She had an early love for science and animals and went on to receive her B.S. in Animal Science at Tuskegee University. She immersed herself in research as an undergraduate student and started developing a strong interest in cell biology and reproduction. In 2020, she completed her M.S. in Animal Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she studied the molecular and genetic regulation of sperm storage in the female reproductive tract.
Although more experienced with farm animals, Lantana is excited about her new role as a worm farmer! In her PhD studies, she looks forward to using her expertise in reproductive biology to address exciting questions about mitochondria homeostasis.
Outside of the lab, Lantana makes good use of her own mitochondria as a novice boxer. She also spends time caring for the chloroplasts in her houseplants and exploring places to eat in her new hometown of Nashville.