I am a research scientist studying the molecular mechanisms of neural regeneration in the optic nerve. 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 and NIH Cambridge Scholar, I am pursuing a PhD in Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, working at the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair in Cambridge and at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the NIH. My aim is to develop new treatments for glaucoma and other forms of blindness. My other interests include writing short fiction and working with the blind and visually impaired community to cultivate and promote new artistic perspectives.