I graduated in 2010 from Michigan State University with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. As an undergraduate I studied transcriptional activator and repressor proteins in Drosophila with David Arnosti, and began an early fascination with the complexities of gene regulation during embryogenesis. I started my PhD in Quantitative and Computational Biology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in the laboratory of Jason Lieb, and moved to Princeton with his lab in 2013. In the Lieb / Murphy labs, I study nucleosome organization and fragility in C. elegans gametes and embryos using high-throughput sequencing methods like MNase-, ChIP-, and RNA-seq. Outside of the lab, I spend my time working with undergraduate student tutors at the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, fussing with Google APIs, exploring New Jersey, and collecting insects.