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Originally from Idaho, I have come to UCSF by way of Houston, Texas (Baylor College of Medicine; PhD) and New York City (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Postdoctoral Fellow). My prior research has centered on embryonic stem cell states and ex vivo modeling of mammalian development, specifically on understanding mechanisms of cellular fitness and cell competition in safeguarding the germ line. I am driven professionally by a curiosity in regenerative medicine, gene therapy, and human evolution. In my free time you will likely find me on the tennis court, tweaking a recipe in the kitchen, or planning my next backpacking/camping trip.