Born and raised in Sacramento, I received my Bachelor of Science degree at Saint Mary's College of California. Being involved in research as an undergraduate student greatly increased my interest in the biological processes behind disease development and made me realize the impact that medical researchers have in developing effective treatment options. I am very happy and fortunate to be involved in such research as a graduate student. Outside of the academic realm, playing the electric guitar has been my passion for the last 14 years and I enjoy creating music with my band here in Chico. Other interests of mine include collecting vinyl records, watching professional ice hockey, exercising, and cooking.