University of Wisconsin, Madison
Bio: I grew up in the country in Indiana–not exactly on a farm but farm adjacent. After graduating from high school and 10 years of 4-H, I received the Eli Lilly-Purdue Alumni scholarship to attend Purdue University where I majored in Chemistry and graduated in 2000. While at Purdue I began studying biochemistry working with Profs. Patti and Andy LiWang on DNA and HIV-related chemokine structures. I continued studying biochemistry at MIT as a NSF predoctoral scholar with Prof. JoAnne Stubbe where I received a PhD in biological chemistry in 2006. I then heard the siren’s call of the RNA world and joined the labs of Melissa Moore and Jeff Gelles as a NIH NRSA and K99/R00 postdoctoral fellow to apply single molecule fluorescence methods to study pre-mRNA splicing and the spliceosome. I started my own lab in the fall of 2011 at UW-Madison in the Department of Biochemistry where we are studying spliceosome assembly in vitro and in vivo using every tool we can get our hands on and a few new ones. Along the way, I ‘ve been awarded Beckman Young Investigator and Shaw Scientist awards and received a NIH R01 grant. In my spare time, I enjoy Crossfit, recovering from Crossfit, being the faculty advisor for the Badger Student Brewing Association, and playing with my dog and cat.