Originally from Santa Cruz, California, I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Microbiology in 2008. After graduation, I worked as a technician in the laboratory of Dr. Benhur Lee at UCLA where I studied paramyxovirus entry. I entered the Virology PhD program in 2010 and joined the Whelan lab, where I have been studying the functions of human endogenous retroviral envelope proteins. I defended my PhD in the fall of 2016 and have been working as a postdoc in the lab since then.