I graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Cellular/Molecular Biology in May of 2017. There, I focused on conservation and phylogenetics of southeastern wildflowers with particular attention to polyploidy and its relation to whole genome duplication.
I joined Clemson University in the Fall of 2017 as a PhD student and a USDA NIFA National Needs Fellow. I have participated in a number of projects focusing on carbon allocation. However, currently I am investigating the underpinning genes of antimicrobial activity in sorghum grain to use in crop improvement and facilitate the development of a natural feed grain with antimicrobial properties.