I received my MS from San Francisco State University in 2016. My thesis work was conducted in the laboratory of Professor José de la Torre on characterizing one of the first viruses that infect archaea from the phylum thaumarchaeota, more specifically a thermophilic Ammonia Oxidizing Archaea from a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. For my PhD thesis I am studying the genes responsible for the irregular bullet shaped magnetite crystals synthesized in Desulfovibrio magneticus RS-1. In addition, I have interests in geomicrobiolgoy and astrobiology. Outside of lab I enjoy biking, hiking and true crime shows and podcasts.