Originally from California, I received my BSc. in Biochemistry – Molecular Biology from UC Santa Barbara. I followed that with an MSc. in Biomedical Genomics from NUI Galway, where my thesis looked at the presence of large repetitive elements in otherwise satellite-free neocentromeres under the supervision of Profs. Kevin Sullivan and Aaron Golden. My PhD, under the supervision of Prof. Cathal Seoighe, focuses on implementing cloud-based tools to support genomics for childhood cancer in Ireland.