In my previous life I was an outdoor professional and educator. I have worked on and led conservation projects with organizations all over the state of Colorado. This allowed me live in alpine wilderness areas for months at a time while building trails to the top of some of Colorados most iconic peaks. In addition to my conservation work, I have led rock climbing and backpacking trips in the wilderness of Wyoming. I then got my degree in biochemistry with a minor in chemistry at Colorado State University while studying structures in flavivirus genomes that are resistant to XRN1 nucleases. After graduation, I became a lab manager and researcher for Greg Ebel, where I continued research on flavivirus-host interactions. Finally, I moved to Boulder to help start the lab of Joel Kralj, and learned a ton about microscopy and live cell imaging. I am excited to join the Arnoult lab and immerse myself in the nucleus.