I was raised in Mercer Island, Washington by two dental professionals. My parents instilled in me not only a fear of enamel erosion but also a love of science. Consequently, when my dad was diagnosed with ALS in 2005, I looked to research as the key to ameliorating such devastating chronic illnesses. These factors ultimately inspired me to pursue a career in scientific research.
After spending 18 years in Mercer Island’s highly insular community, I gladly welcomed the chance to branch out and relocate for my undergraduate education. However, I didn’t make it very far. I attended the University of Washington (a school only 20 minutes away from my childhood home) to study biochemistry and applied mathematics. Freshman year, I landed a position as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Joshua Vaughan’s lab and began conducting research in super-resolution microscopy. This opportunity opened the door for collaboration with the Parrish Lab. There, I leveraged super-resolution microscopy to elucidate the developmental processes of somatosensory neurons in Drosophila. As I transition into the MCO research community, I hope to further delve into the field of neuroscience and follow my lifelong dream of combating neurodegenerative diseases.
When I’m not in the lab, I often head for the mountains to ski, hike, or climb. I also greatly enjoy playing classical piano and tending to my collection of carnivorous plants.