I studied Bioinformatics as a Bioengineering undergraduate at the University of California, San Diego from 2003-2007, where I worked with Dr. Hopi Hoekstra to study maternal-fetal evolutionary arms races. 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 focuses on the role of transposable elements in the evolution of immune responses.
Starting in 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor at the Biofrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. My lab will employ cutting-edge computational and experimental approaches to understand how transposable elements have shaped the evolution of gene regulatory networks.
The photos on this site are from the highly repetitive landscapes of southern Utah.