I was born in New York, raised in New Jersey, and completed my high school education in Kansas. While attending college at Washington University in St. Louis, I continued to participate in biological research at KU-Lawrence studying neuronal mitochondrial dysfunction from an Alzheimer's disease standpoint while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Ecology and Anthropology. I believe that the breadth of my studies during my undergraduate education helped me understand the connection between biology and human health through a more holistic perspective.
When I started research in my undergraduate years, I became fascinated by mitochondria due to their proto-bacterial origins and their essential role in energy production for the cell, inspiring me to explore mitochondrial research at KU. Outside of my research, I can be found reading about computer hardware, trying new cooking recipes, obsessively cleaning and redecorating my house, and caring for my plants.