I obtained my B.S. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology here at Oklahoma State University. While obtaining my degrees, I served in the United States Army Reserves as a 12C Army Bridge Crewman and achieved the rank of Sergeant. During my graduate work, I investigated how the microtubule associated protein Stu2 is regulated by acetylation and sumoylation. I am now continuing my work with Dr. Rita Miller in a post-doctoral capacity to complete research describing how acetylation regulates multiple simultaneous functions of Stu2 during mitosis.