I received my Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Arizona where I worked with Dr. Alain Goriely. During my appointment as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Bryn Mawr College, I developed courses in mathematical modeling in the Department of Mathematics and worked with biology faculty to incorporate more quantitative training throughout the biology curriculum. Following this position, I was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at St. Olaf College where I led a team of faculty to develop a concentration in Mathematical Biology. Currently I am an associate professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville and Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. My research interests fuse mathematics, biology, statistics, and computational science. I am passionate in guiding students both in the classroom and through research experiences to unify concepts that bridge various fields and to see interdisciplinarity as an important lens for understanding and addressing questions in our world.