- B.S. 2004, General Biology, University of Maryland-College Park
- M.S. 2008, Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Vet. Medicine
Hilarie worked in the lab for the summer of 2005 as a visiting graduate student under the Veterinary Summer Scholar program. During her time here, she worked on reverting a naturally occurring premature stop codon in the L. monocytogenes F2365 inlA gene. This was an attempt to prove that the single bp mutation that created the stop codon was responsible for F2365's phenotype of attenuated invasiveness.