Outside of academia, I spent three years working with the regulatory branch of a biotech organization in Washington D.C. I loved gaining a deeper understanding for how pharmaceuticals gain FDA approval and journey from bench to bedside. I currently hold a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science (University of Utah) and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Furman University). I also earned a certificate in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) from the University of Maryland while working towards a PhD in Kinesiology. While working towards a PhD, I studied the influence of physical fitness on neural and cognitive health. More specifically, my dissertation work examined the interplay of genotype and environment on cognitive performance in young children. I feel so fortunate to now call Colorado home, and simply love getting outside - whether it is skiing, hiking, running, gardening, or simply curling up with a delicious book! I usually have a handful of ultramarathons on the calendar, so much of my free time is spent trail running with a big smile on my face and my dog at my side! I also do some coaching and particularly enjoy applying my exercise physiology degree to help athletes (distance runners & triathletes) reach their performance goals.