- M.S. Biology, Wichita State University (2014)
- B.S. Biology, Fort Hays State University (2009)
- Vice President 2014, President 2015, Kansas State University Plant Pathology Graduate Student Club
- Student Program Co-Chair, World Congress on In Vitro Biology (2016)
- Teaching Assistant; Botany, Genetics, Microbiology, Intro. Plant Pathology, Biotechnology
- Recipient, Don C. Warren Genetic Fellowship (2015)
- Microbiologist and Quality Control Manager, Bio-Next (2010-2012)
- Member, American Phytopathological Society (2013-present)
My research focuses on transgenic approaches to help plants fight fungal and nematode pathogens. I am working with several different antifungal genes to transform into wheat and soybean for broad resistance against fungal pathogens; as well as developing a novel method of resistance in the soybean cyst nematode pathosystem.
My long range interests include genetic and molecular interactions between rhizobia and legumes, developing nitrogen fixing relations in non-leguminous crops, cybridization, and endosymbiotic theory.