Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska until I finished high school and joined the U.S. Navy. There I completed boot camp and then trained as an Electronics Technician that worked on nuclear reactors. After my training I was stationed aboard the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) where I maintained and operated two 550MW nuclear reactors. We did two deployments to the Arabian Gulf during my service and I have spent almost two years of my life on the ocean. After I finished my enlistment, I spent four years studying for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at Colorado State University. There I worked as an undergraduate assistant in the lab of Dr. Laurie Stargell, where I learned basic lab techniques, and developed an undergraduate thesis for looking at transcription rates of RNA Pol II with histone chaperone deficient yeast. I also took some work as an arborist, janitor, and genetic engineering intern during my time at CSU. After graduation I worked at the University of Colorado – Anschutz as a PRA in the Functional Genomics Facility with Dr. Molishree Joshi for two years, before doing a two-month stint at the Linda Crnic Institute in Dr. Joaquin Espinosa’s Lab. I started in Dr. Nausica Arnoult’s lab in October of 2018 and am currently loving the closeness to nature that Boulder provides!