Grew up in Wisconsin – attended UW-Madison with B.Sc. degrees in Zoology and Communication Arts, TV, Radio, and Film (1999), & PhD in Neuroscience (2008), Post-doc at UPenn (2010-2014). Currently an Assistant Professor in the dept. of Translational Medicine and Physiology at WSU and co-owner of the Golden Handle Project, SPC – a social purpose corporation brewery dedicated to community, research, and education.