From 2007 to 2014, I studied marine genomics under the advisorship of Dr. Mya Breitbart at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.  I was awarded the University’s Presidential Doctoral Fellowship, as well as the Von Rosenstiel Fellowship from the College, in support of my studies.  I earned a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography in 2014; my research centered on the study of viral diversity in the Sargasso Sea.  I am currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Breitbart Lab.