I grew up in sunny San Diego, California where I’d spend most of my days at the beach. In high school I spent three summers as an intern at the Salk Institute. There I worked in Dr. Rueben Shaw’s Molecular and Cellular Biology lab where I assisted my mentor Jeanine Van Nostrand in genotyping CRISPR mouse models and analyzing liver, brown fat, and iWAT tissue in high fat diet and caloric restriction Raptor mice. I also worked in the Genome Manipulation Core where I worked with Tsung Chang Sung in generating genetically modified mouse models through DNA microinjection. I am currently a senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a minor in Dance. Outside of school I am part of CU Boulder’s Buff Gold Dance Team and work as a Community Assistant for Arnett and Smith residence halls on campus.