I am an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego in the department of Biochemistry.
I was born and raised outside the small town of Mountain Grove in southern Missouri. I received my BS in Chemistry from Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. From there I went to graduate school at Caltech, where I worked with Seymour Benzer to study the molecular mechinisms of caloric restriction in Drosophila. For my postdoc I joined the lab of Erin O'Shea at Harvard University so that I could explore how nutrients control gene expression at a more mechanistic level. While there, I used ribosomal profiling combined with microscopy and yeast genetics to investigate the connection between mRNA localization and translational control during glucose deprivation in yeast.