I was born in Kansas City but spent most of my early life in a small town in Southeast Kansas. In undergrad I studied biochemistry and previously researched the use of magnetic nanoparticles as diagnostic tools for infectious diseases such as influenza, E. coli, and zika. Currently, I'm a PhD student in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases department at the School of Public Health, and my main interests include TB, HIV, and substance use disorders. I'm particularly interested in how social networks can influence health outcomes/behaviors and also be harnessed for health interventions. Outside of work, I like playing music, baking, and exploring the outdoors. My favorite time of the year is Fall/Winter, but that has nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with eggnog.
Education & Training
- BSPittsburg State University, Chemistry/Biology (2016)