Academic background: I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health in Denver, CO under the advisement of Dr. Pamela Zeitlin. I earned my Ph.D. in Physiology and Endocrinology as an NSF-supported research assistant working at the S. O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Center (U. S. Geological Survey) in Turners Falls, MA and in the Graduate Program for Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Massachusetts (2020 Amherst, MA) under the advisement of Dr. Stephen D. McCormick. I earned my M.Sc. in Biological Sciences from DePaul University (2015; Chicago, IL) under the advisement of Dr. Jason S. Bystriansky. I earned my B.Sc in Chemistry from The Illinois Institute of Technology (2012; Chicago, IL).