Andrew grew up in the (formerly) small town of Katy, outside of Houston, TX. After coming to science by a circuitous path which included forays into ballet, woodworking, and retail management, he was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Texas State University. His graduate work was completed at the University of Colorado, where he earned a PhD in Cell Biology under Michael McMurray. While there, he mapped the assembly pathway of septin cytoskeletal complexes in S. cerevisiae, by developing a novel split-GFP tool that identifies the chronological order of protein-protein interactions in vivo using live-cell imaging. In so doing, he exposed an unforeseen structural mechanism by which septin proteins assemble into alternate complexes with distinct biochemical properties depending on cellular metabolic states, allowing cytoskeletal behavior to be directly driven by cell metabolism and nutrient availability. Joining the Danuser lab in the Fall of 2017, he is now interested in cellular morphodynamics, and the ways that cell shape influence the cytoskeletal and signaling programs controlling the behavior of both healthy and cancerous cells. Andrew is supported by a fellowship from the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research. He spends his free time basking in the presence of his wonderful wife and daughter, as well as training, teaching, and competing as an historical longsword fencer.