I am gay and I am a biophysical chemist and educator. //
I grew up in the Houston area and received my bachelor’s degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. I then completed a PhD in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I used physical organic approaches to understand interactions that govern protein structure. I am now a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, San Francisco. My current research interrogates the relationship between protein conformation and disease pathology using a combination of approaches from chemical biology, biophysics, and cell biology. I specifically focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying Parkinson’s disease. I am an active educator and mentor, having taught undergraduate chemistry, biology, and biochemistry in both the classroom and laboratory. I currently teach graduate-level biophysics, supervise undergraduate research, and serve as a mentor for LGBT students.