I grew up in Wyoming and received my Bachelor's in Biology from Iowa State University. Since then I have worked as a laboratory technician both at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Virginia. As a PhD student working with Dr Mike Antolin, I will be working on a large project on Chronic Wasting Disease in mule deer. This project is led by Dr. Hobbs and has several other professors involved. I am currently working on population genetics and its relation to disease transmission and prevalence.