I pursued my BS in Microbiology at New Mexico State University, where I gained experience working in a biochemistry lab. For my PhD, I attended the Tufts Molecular Microbiology program in Boston, and studied the regulation of a differentially expressed outer membrane protein (P66) in pathogenesis of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease spirochete. In January of 2008, I graduated and sought an industry role, but due to the recession, ultimately accepted a recruiting role instead of a bench role. In July 2013, I joined Gilead Sciences, where I helped Gilead grow across a variety of functions from 3,500 to 11,000 employees globally. In August of 2019, I joined NGMBio, after researching its expansive pipeline and exciting research, especially for a company of its size and tenure. I remain interested in seeking and hiring qualified candidates across functions, am very active in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and continue to support students transitioning from academia to industry.