I grew up around Dallas, and earned a B.S. in genetics from Texas A&M. I then joined UTSW's Department of Biochemistry, where I helped plan, perform, and oversee various animal studies, including discovery of the neuroprotective drug P7C3. In the Diamond lab, I assist in studies of tau protein’s physiology and pathology in mouse models. I am a total science nerd, sci-fi geek, steampunk enthusiast, and painter; if I am not devouring a new book, I'll have a paintbrush in hand working on my next masterpiece.