I am a M.S. candidate in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I'm currently researching the function of protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) in Arabidopsis pollen under Dr. David A. Christopher. I plan to begin a PhD in plant molecular biology following the completion of my master’s degree.
My interdisciplinary background in the plant sciences began on my family’s farm in central Minnesota. I obtained my B.S. at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY studying International Agriculture and Rural Development. The degree focused on the socio-economic interactions of agriculture, in addition to soil and plant sciences. I traveled to Havana, Cuba to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations on two projects related to food sovereignty. I worked for Syngenta as an intern and as part of their Production and Supply Development Program.
In addition to my research, I am an aspiring advocate for adult agricultural literacy. I enjoy teaching a biochemistry laboratory course and serving as a teaching assistant for a biotechnology ethics course at UH Manoa.