What is your current research focus?
Development and regeneration of annual killifish.
Growing up, what career did you want to pursue?
As a little kid, I really liked bugs and thought that "bugologist" sounded like a great career choice.
When and how did you become interested in a career in science?
I guess bugs were the gateway!
What made you decide to join the Sánchez Alvarado Lab at the Stowers Institute?
In deciding where to do a postdoc, it was really important to me to find a place where I could do top-notch research in an open and collaborative environment, without sacrificing my life outside of the lab. I was drawn to the Sánchez Alvarado Lab because of the creativity with which they approach science, and during my interview, I was blown away by all the resources that the Stowers Institute has to offer, as well as the very tangible sense of community here.
What is your favorite non-research-related memory at the Stowers Institute so far?
I am very proud that I'm currently the reigning champion of lab laser tag.
What is your favorite thing to do in Kansas City?
I have been pleasantly surprised by all of the fun outdoor things there are to do here.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully, I will still be doing very cool science!
What advice do you have for other people curious about a career in science?
Try it! Look for summer programs or see if you can get a part-time job or other opportunities to gain valuable experience in a lab. Don't be afraid to email people and introduce yourself if you're interested in the work they do and want to learn more about it. That's how I got my first internship!