Before coming to the University of Arizona in 2016, I was working full time at a petroleum refinery in Montana, climbing high-rise towers and monitoring equipment for leaking volatile organic compounds. There were many times as I stood atop the narrow, twelve-story platforms with the snow billowing past me, that I would think about how this was certainly not how I had envisioned using my chemistry degree. Ultimately, I wanted more from my career, which led me here to pursue my PhD. I am now a third-year graduate student enjoying my research in the Marty Lab where I study membrane proteins and their interactions within lipid bilayer mimetics known as nanodiscs. Outside of the lab, I enjoy powerlifting, the sport of fencing, exploring the outdoors, and doing arts and crafts.