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 Ph.D. with Marty Cohn in the University of Florida's Biology Department.
I was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and I'm currently an American Association of University Women (AAUW) fellow for the last year of my PhD (2019-2020). My PhD work focuses on the development of sex variation in mammals, and 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'm serving 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.