I began my academic career studying Physics & Computer Science at University of Oregon, in my home town of Eugene. Wanting to learn more about how neurons perform computation, I did a Master’s in Biology also at UofO, and spent two years as a Bioinformatician in Dr. Ron Yu’s lab at the Stowers Institute in Kansas City, studying sex and strain specific gene expression in neurons of the mouse vomeronasal organ. I’m now a PhD student in Berkeley’s Vision Science program, studying the theoretical and computational aspects of early vision. My research is generously supported by the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship. In my free time I like to run, cook new foods, and take my cat on walks.