I am a first year Master's student studying Biological Anthropology with Dr. Graciela Cabana as my advisor. I came to Knoxville from central Indiana where I lived for ~10 years, but I grew up in the Ann Arbor area of Michigan. I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Indiana University with an area certificate in Latin American Studies and minors in Spanish and Geography. My undergraduate Anthropology courses were primarily focused in Archaeology and Bioanthropology. As an undergrad, I completed an Archaeological field school in the greater Yellowstone area and later did fieldwork in Peru. I also worked in the Zooarchaeology lab and completed my thesis in the Ancient DNA lab, working to identify tuberculosis (TB) through PCR. I am a member of the Paleopathology Association and the American Association of Anthropological Genetics. While at UT, I plan to continue working in genetics, and I am particularly interested in the Andean region of South America.