Born in Peoria, Illinois, I attended Northern Illinois University and obtained a BS degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biological Sciences in 2018. I joined Texas A&M University in August of 2018, pursuing a PhD in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and joined the Devarenne lab in February of 2019.
My research focuses on elucidating the enzymatic machinery responsible for tetraterpenoid synthesis in the L race Botryococcus braunii. Specifically, identifying and biochemically characterizing key reductase enzyemes responsible for reducing lycopadiene precursors.
In my free time, I enjoy fishing, hunting, and playing music.