Originally from Rougemont, North Carolina, I received a BA in the biological sciences from Goucher College in 2007 and, after conducting virology research at Johns Hopkins University for a year, returned to school and completed a PhD in Microbiology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2014. My doctoral work investigated the genetic underpinnings of cellular differentiation in the model filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120. As a postdoctoral fellow, I worked at Oregon State University where I developed Anabaena as a heterologous expression system to produce and study medically-relevant cyanobacterial natural products. In 2016, I assumed my new duties as an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Dakota State University. My lab currently consists of two undergraduate students who investigate questions at the intersection of cyanobacterial physiology and metabolism, and environmental and natural products chemistry.