I am a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Eppley Institute for Cancer Research, with joint appointments in the labs of Dr. Michael (Tony) Hollingsworth and Dr. Ken Bayles. I have chosen post-doctorate studies at UNMC to further my training in pancreatic cancer models and bacterial genetics. I earned a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from North Dakota State University. During these studies, I became fascinated with the many advantages oncolytic bacterial have over traditional therapeutics. As a result, I pursued specific training in genetic engineering and anaerobic bacteria.