I’m originally from Indiana, but moved around a lot as a kid, spending time in Michigan, Sierra Leone, and Kansas. I eventually ended up in Minnesota where I did my undergraduate work at Carleton College, earning a B.A. in biology in 1999. I moved on to the University of Chicago to pursue both an MD and PhD. There I worked with Averil Ma, studying the role of IL-15 and IL-15Rα in CD8 T cell memory, earning my PhD in Immunology in 2004, and my MD three years later. I then came to Boston, where I completed clinical training in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I joined the Kuchroo lab in 2011 and have been working on mechanisms that regulate T cell mediated tissue inflammation. I became an Instructor at HMS in 2014 and my current research focus has been examining the role of how innate inflammatory signals modulate adaptive responses, while also attending on the lung transplant service at BWH.