I am a Ph.D. student in Genetics and Genomics at the University of Florida. I attended Florida State University and received my B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and criminology in December 2013. My past research experiences include studying the evolutionary genetics of fruit fly wings, astrobiology by studying microbial mats, microbial ecology of pitcher plants, and studying the UBASH3A gene and its role in type I diabetes. My current interest includes looking at the phylodynamics of infectious diseases, as well as increasing my computational knowledge for phylodynamic analysis. The main research for my thesis is looking at the phylodynamics of cholera in Haiti. For future research, I would like to continue studying phylodynamic analysis of various infectious diseases and work on increasing my computational knowledge to help create tools to better understand infectious disease outbreaks.