I was born and raised in Alta, Utah (skiing, anyone?) and earned my BA in Biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. My senior thesis focused on isolating viruses from raw sewage that could kill the antibiotic resistant E. coli that cause traveller's diarrhea. The overall goal was to isolate a "live therapeutic" and alternative to antibiotics! I also spent several years working in behavioral neuroscience, electrophysiology, and immunotherapy development for acute myeloid leukemia before settling on microbiology. I'm currently a Ph.D. student in microbiology at UC Berkeley focusing my interests on intracellular pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, microbiomes, and living therapy development. In my free time I like to go hiking with my dog, cook, and surf!
I've taught students ages K-30 years old and am extremely flexible with the modality I teach with, so that every student gets a personalized approach to help them master their subject. While I was an undergraduate at Reed College I was a TA (teaching assistant) for general biology, microbiology, organic chemistry, behavioral neuroscience. I also tutored health care workers in math, biology, and paper editing through the Service Employees International Union. I was a mentor for undergraduates and high school students in a clinical research lab. Finally, I designed several biology courses for students ages K-8 at a private school in Portland, OR.
University of California, Berkeley