In spring of 2007, I received a Sc.B. in Psychology from Brown University. I was also a four-year varsity letterman in track and field. 

In summer of 2011, I received my doctorate in physiology from Kent State University. My research investigated the interplay of the circadian and reward systems in alcoholism under a National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. I was also President of the Kent State Biology Graduate Student Council. 

After my PHD, I did a postdoctoral fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine under a National Research Service Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. I studied how the skeletal muscle regulates sleep homeostasis. I also served on the Board of Directors (Trainee Member-At-Large) for the Sleep Research Society and was Chair of the first-ever Gordon Research Seminar on Sleep Regulation.

Presently, I am a National Research Council fellow working out of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. I am studying sleep resiliency from behavioral and physiological levels.