I was born and raised in Springfield, MA. In 2007, I enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania, where I participated in the submatriculation program, working toward a B.A. and M.A. simultaneously. In the summer of 2009, I participated in the Mount Holyoke REU directed by Prof. Jessica Sidman; this was my first time conducting mathematical research. In 2011, I moved to Berkeley to pursue my Ph.D. I signed on with my advisor Bernd Sturmfels in my second year, and I received my Ph.D. in 2015 after submitting my thesis Algebraic Matroids in Applications.
After graduating from Berkeley, I moved to Penn State for a 6-month period to continue neural codes research as a postdoc with Prof. Vladimir Itskov. Between January 2016 and August 2018, I was a postdoc in the Song Lab, first at Penn as a Simons Math+X Postdoctoral Fellow, then at U.C. Berkeley. In August 2008, I began an assistant professor position in the Department of Mathematics at Florida Atlantic University.