I grew up an Army kid.  My family lived in Alabama, California, Texas, Colorado, Hawaii, and Illinois before coming to Oregon in 2003.  In 2006, I graduated from Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis. Throughout high school I worked in a tissue culture lab with the USDA-ARS, NCGR and it was there I first developed a passion for laboratory research. My obsessions include British television, The Lord of the Rings and related works, anything Disney, college football, and Asian pop and rock music.

In 2010, I graduated from beautiful Scripps College in Claremont, California, with a degree in Biochemistry.  Scripps is a member of the Claremont University Consortium with Claremont McKenna, Pomona, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges. I loved Southern California so much that I am pleasantly surprised to find myself a first year PMCB graduate student at OHSU.  Right now I am extremely undecided as to the specific research I want to pursue, but am immensely excited to see where this next year takes me.