I grew up in La Crosse, WI and attended college at the University of Colorado in Boulder where I majored in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology. During that time, I received a summer undergraduate Cancer Research Fellowship from the University of Colorado Cancer Center where I got my first real taste of research. I next took a break from school to work in industry for a couple of years, which gave me valuable training and experience in the areas of food safety and aquatic toxicology. I joined the Graduate Group in Immunology at the University of California, Davis, in the fall of 2012 where I am working on projects related to the NIEHS Center for Childrens Environmental Health in the laboratories of Dr. Pam Lein and Dr. Judy Van de Water. My current research interests and projects lie in understanding interactions between the immune system and the nervous system and how these contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism. I am also interested in the areas of immunotoxicology and cancer immunotherapy. I have joined the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology program to help fulfill my career goals. Outside of the lab, I enjoy the great outdoors (hiking, skiing, camping), cooking, concerts/music, and comedy.
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