I graduated from high school in Jackson, Michigan USA in 2002 with highest honours. From 2002-2003 I attended university in Santa Barbara, California where my studies focused on biopsychology. I further studied behavioural neuroscience at Michigan State University from 2003-2006 and in 2004 spent 6 months attending a study abroad program held at University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. Upon graduation from Michigan State University I became employed full time in their Department of Physiology for 2 years (2006-2008). During this time I continued my education by enrolling in advanced level courses in cardiovascular neuroscience which related to my work. In 2008 I enrolled at Macquarie University, Sydney Australia in their Australian School of Advanced Medicine where I have remained for the last 5+ years. During this time my projects have focused on the neural control of cardiovascular and blood glucose induced stress. I submitted my thesis titled ” The neurochemistry of ventrolateral medulla and sympathetic preganglionic neurons which respond to stress” in February of 2013 and conducted post doctoral research with my PhD supervisor until 2015. I am currently a research fellow at Macquarie University in the Centre for Nanoscale Biophotonics.