I'm a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. I graduated with honors from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA (2011) with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticultural Science and a minor in Plant Protection Science. In 2016, I received my PhD in Plant Pathology from UC Riverside, where I worked under the direction of Dr. Caroline Roper. My dissertation research focused on the molecular basis of the host-pathogen interactions of Xylella fastidiosa, a xylem-limited bacterial pathogen that causes severe diseases in grapevine and citrus, among other economically important plant hosts.
Currently, I work as a Research and Development Field Scientist for Syngenta Crop Protection. In this role, I conduct and coordinate quality efficacy trials in the territory of Southern CA and AZ, contributing to the biological profiling and label development of new and registered products.