I am the 2020-2022 Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology at the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
I am interested in sexual development and differentiation, and in the intersection of gender studies and biology. In 2010, I graduated from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts, where I worked with Gary Gillis and Stan Rachootin. After graduation, I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in order to join Gabrielle Kardon's lab at the University of Utah. I spent three years in the Kardon Lab studying limb musculoskeleton morphogenesis and patterning, before moving to Gainesville, Florida for my PhD with Marty Cohn in the University of Florida's Biology Department.
During my PhD, I was a fellow with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Association of University Women (AAUW), before graduating in April 2020. My PhD work focused on the development of sex variation in mammals. As a queer feminist biologist, I spend a lot of time thinking about the social construction of sex.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, I served as president of UF's Women in Science and Engineering (UF WiSE) organization. Through WiSE, I started a Feminist Science Reading Group that meets monthly. Additionally, my colleagues Ellen Bledsoe, Hao Ye, and I founded an Ally Skills Network at UF in 2019. This group is a network of graduate students, postdocs, and faculty who have been trained to facilitate ally skills workshops and provide these workshops and related programming to departments and organizations on campus.