I grew up on a farm in rural Missouri and attended William Jewell College in Kansas City where I earned a B.A. in Biochemistry (graduating with honors), Applied Critical Thought & Inquiry, and a minor in Business Administration. In 2016, I co-founded a Spira, a microalgae company, and participated in the IndieBio EU biotech accelerator program in Cork, Ireland. I’m currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Tufts University where I do research in the fields of cell-free biology and directed evolution.