I grew up in Kansas where I quickly cultivated an interest in biology through forensic science books. I was fascinated by the differences that could be detected among humans (even identical twins have distinct fingerprints!). This eventually led to me completing a degree in Biology at Washburn University, where I also experienced my first stint in research. Realizing my love for answering scientific questions, I spent the next two years as a research technician studying rapidly evolving selfish genes in the lab of Dr. Sarah Zanders.
Over the next several years in the MCO program, I hope to explore new and unfamiliar areas of science. Being able to move from topics such as genetics and evolution to neurobiology would be exciting. Outside of the lab (and science in general), I enjoy cooking and playing basketball.