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I grew up outside of Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley. I went to college at the University of California, San Diego, and I majored in Biology with a minor in Hebrew Literature. I spent my first few years of college immersed in Residence Life leadership, where I discovered my love for working to improve the undergraduate student experience. College is a pivotal and transformative period in many young people's lives, and I wanted to support them during this period. But I also loved Biology, and during my senior year, I joined a biology research lab and I became a teaching assistant. Through these activities, I developed my desire to become a professor, and I set off on the long journey towards that goal. I received my BS in 2000. After a gap year doing research at UCSD, I went to MIT and received my PhD in Biology in 2008. I then did postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. I joined the Biology Department faculty as an Assistant Professor at Boston College in 2014. I received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2018. While I was professionally successful there, I did not fit into the conservative BC culture. After rumors circulated about me that had no basis in reality, I realized that Boston College was not a good place for me to continue my professional and personal development. Thus, I moved to Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center in 2020. There, my research lab studies various aspects of cell and developmental biology, mostly focused on how cells move. Check out my lab's website for more information on my research. Back when I was teaching, my favorite class to teach was Cell Biology for undergraduates, although I am not teaching at this time.

When I am not working or spending time with my children, I enjoy watercolor painting, writing, reading, and continuing to explore out how I can become a healthier version of myself. I also focus my energies on being a human "being" rather than a human "doing."

Over the years, I discovered that one of my greatest passions is to share my experiences and the life lessons that I have learned over the years with other young people trying to figure out who they are and how they want to be in this world. 

I have over a decade of experience with academic and career planning coaching and consulting, as well as presenting motivational talks and keynote speeches at leadership conferences and similar events, so if you or your organization is interesting in working with me, please contact me.

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