Bachelor of Arts, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado Boulder, CO, 2009.
Experience prior to joining the CSD graduate program:
Research Specialist, Emory University School of Medicine, Renal Division, June 2010-August 2011
Why did you decide to pursue a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development?
What ultimately drove me to pursue a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Stem Cells and Development was how the concepts behind developmental biology have such a wide range of implications in biomedical science. My inherent interests in this subject along with my desire to pursue translational research made it a perfect academic fit.
Why did you choose CU's Anschutz Medical Campus?
In my search for graduate schools I had a list of things I wanted in a program. I wanted to learn from a faculty that was diverse in interests and put an emphasis in collaboration. In terms of curriculum, I was looking for a balance between learning the scientific concepts needed to generate research ideas, and the practical knowledge of turning those ideas into actualities. And I also wanted to be in a location that I could enjoy outside of the program. During my interview I could tell that the Anschutz Medical Campus fit all of those needs and additionally the atmosphere was very familial and supportive which made a seemingly tough decision easy.
Where did you grow up?
Fort Collins, Colorado.
When did you start the graduate program at Anschutz Medical Campus?
What do you do for fun?
I enjoy running, yoga, skiing, cooking, and all things stereotypically Colorado.
Are you excited about returning to Colorado?
I am very excited about coming back home. 300 days of sunshine, close proximity to my favorite activities/places, and the opportunity to further my education at an amazing institution; I don't think I could want more.