I am queer and I am a neurosciences PhD candidate.//
I study how and why individuals differ in the sociality they express, with particular interest how the early life environment of mammals influences the social development. My PhD work was at Stanford University where I studied rhesus macaques, however for my post-doctoral work I will be moving to Cornell University to work with prairie voles. In some ways, I became a scientists because I’m gay. I grew up in a region and in a community hostile to sexual minorities. As I result, from very early on I took refuge in academic books, and academic pursuits. That, combined with my insatiable curiosity and valuable mentors who invested in me, set me off for a path in STEM academia.