I am currently pursuing a PhD in Bioinformatics and Master of Arts in Statistics at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and Genome Sciences Predoctoral Trainee. I study the genetics of cardiovascular and metabolic traits in large genetic datasets using statistical methods and high-throughput computing. My ultimate career goal is to work in a collaborative research environment combining quantitative genomics, computational biology, and clinical application to fulfill the promise of Precision Medicine. Before graduate school, I worked two years as a postbaccalaureate intramural research trainee in the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. I am a native of North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I graduated in May 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Quantitative Biology as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, having earned highest honors and highest distinction. My love for genetics extends to my childhood and became part of my career goals during Molecular and Classical Genetics high school courses at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Outside of research I enjoy teaching science and computer programming to K-12 students, science writing, and running.