As a Ph.D. student and Distinguished Doctoral Fellow working for Dr. Ken Korth, she uses CRISPR gene-editing to improve post-harvest rice quality, such as shelf life and starch functionality. She has identified potential genes from the scientific literature and designed guide RNAs to target and either mutate or precisely modify the genes of interest by producing transgenic rice expressing her guide RNA molecules as well as the DNA-cutting enzyme Cas9. She also works in Dr. Martin Egan’s lab using new molecular techniques to investigate the pathogenicity of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe oryzae by fusing fungal effector molecules to an enzyme that labels effector targets within infected rice cells for identification. She is originally from Texas where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Texas in 2013. She earned an M.S. in Food Science here at the University of Arkansas in 2016, researchers the effects of storage conditions on rice quality and functionality, advised by Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen.