I started my journey in Massachusetts where I grew up and obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biology/Environmental Science. After graduation, I hiked the southern portion of the Appalachian Trail and participated in Botany/Restoration internships in Wisconsin and Arizona. I began working at the Savannah River Ecology Lab, through the University of Georgia, in South Carolina as a research technician. I initially assisted with research on swamp and bottomland hardwood regeneration in severely disturbed wetlands and later studied the microbiology of disturbed ecosystems. I went on to earn my Master of Science in Toxicology from the University of Georgia while there. I moved to Oklahoma and worked as a Research Assistant at OUHSC for a variety of research projects, mostly microbiology/molecular biology related. Now I am here at OMRF beginning an exciting new chapter with aging and heart failure research. I enjoy nature, gardening, and hanging out with my family and pets.