I am an MD/PhD student who studies vision. I was raised in Michigan and earned bachelor's degrees in Neuroscience and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Michigan State University, with an additional major in English. As a Marshall Scholar, I earned a PhD in clinical neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, working at the Centre for Brain Repair in Cambridge and at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH. My doctoral research showed that modifying sugar proteins in the optic nerve can improve the regeneration of injured neurons. As a medical student at Washington University, I am researching biomarkers that might help predict the progression of glaucoma in human patients. In addition to science and medicine, my interests include writing short fiction and working with collaborators in the blind and visually impaired community to cultivate and promote new artistic perspectives.