I am a PhD student in the Beier Lab. My research focuses on the cellular and molecular basis of learning and memory, as well as viral tracer engineering, nanobody development, and optomechanics pursuant to other projects in the Beier Lab. I studied biology at Cal State Long Beach, and earned a B.Sc in Molecular Cell Biology and Physiology before being accepted by UCI’s Cell and Molecular Biosciences PhD gateway program. I have worked in emergency nursing as well as the pharmaceutical industry, and have performed research in labs focusing on DNA and RNA virology, arachadonic acid and inositol metabolism, stem cell engineering, synthetic biology, and medical device development, before finding a home in neurobiology. In my “spare” time, I enjoy messing around in my vegetable garden, riding my Kawasaki Ninja a little bit too fast, and drinking excessive amounts of Earl Grey tea.