I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and received a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Arkansas Tech University. While pursuing my undergraduate degree, I was actively involved in a variety of research projects and continued on this research-driven path out to North Carolina. I received an MS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where my research had a developmental toxicology focus. My toxicology interest led me to the Integrated Toxicology Program at Duke University. I received a PhD in Pathology from Duke in May 2013. While at Duke, my research focused on drug delivery mechanisms and the use of hyperthermia in drug delivery systems. Much of my work involved animal research, which lead me to become actively involved in the animal welfare aspect of research. I began veterinary school at North Carolina State University in 2013 to pursue my goal of becoming a laboratory animal veterinarian.
When I can get away from studying, I love being outside and hiking with my dog. I also enjoy playing poker and going to wine tastings with friends.
My educational and research experiences have inspired my professional goal of being a laboratory animal veterinarian at a top-tiered research institution, where I can be actively involved in the welfare aspect of animal research.