I am a third year PhD candidate in the Riley lab, originally from Loma Linda, CA. I earned my B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Biology from Walla Walla University in College Place, WA. Following my masters, I worked briefly at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA. Since I had seen both ends of the west coast (having grown up in southern CA) and then New England, I decided it was time to visit the central/southern region of the USA and thus arrived at Texas A&M for my PhD (aside, of course, from the good labs and people that I met here).
I joined the Riley lab in 2016. We study the development of the inner ear using zebrafish as a model system. In my free time from the lab, I enjoy art projects, aikido (a Japanese martial art), scuba diving (I am a PADI certified Divemaster), and playing piano and directing the choir at my local church.