I am gay and I am a skeletal biologist and EMT.//
I earned my bachelor’s in biology from The University of Prince Edward Island in Canada before moving back to Ohio to earn my EMT certification. I worked in the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area of Ohio for two years before going to grad school. In my time there I saw first-hand the effects of the opioid epidemic. I applied to The University of Akron for a master’s in cell and molecular biology where I studied the presence and role of Krüppel-like factors in zebrafish central visual structures and then a PhD in integrated bioscience where I studied the effects of opioids on bone quality and biomechanics using 3D imaging.
I now teach both graduate and undergraduate cadaver-based anatomy courses as well as EMT courses.