I studied biomedical engineering as an undergrad at Cornell University (Class of '08), where I spent an additional year earning a Master of Engineering degree and doing tissue engineering research. I then moved to New York City, where I spent two years developing mouse models of hepatitis C virus infection as a tech in Charlie Rice's laboratory at The Rockefeller University. I joined the graduate program there in 2011 under the mentorship of Michel Nussenzweig, where I studied antibody therapy in HIV-1 infection. I defended my Ph.D. thesis at The Rockefeller University in January 2016. I came to the Whelan Laboratory in April 2016 under a joint appointment with Stephen C. Harrison to investigate virus polymerase structure and function using cryoEM.