I studied Bioinformatics as an undergraduate at the UCSD Department of Bioengineering from 2003-2007, where I worked with Dr. Hopi Hoekstra to study how maternal-fetal evolutionary arms races affect protein evolution in the placenta. I next pursued a PhD at the Stanford University Department of Genetics as an NSF Graduate Fellow from 2007-2013, in the lab of Dr. Julie Baker. There, I investigated the role of transposable elements in facilitating rapid evolution of the placenta. Currently, I am a postdoc at the University of Utah Department of Human Genetics, co-advised by Dr. Nels Elde and Dr. Cédric Feschotte as an HHMI fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Foundation. My current research seeks to understand the impact of transposable elements on the evolution of gene regulatory networks that underlie immune responses.
The photos are from the highly repetitive landscapes of southern Utah.