I was born and raised in the sunny suburbs of South Florida. I am a classically trained pianist, a former varsity high school wrestler, amateur chef and graduate of the Florida State University in Tallahassee. During college, I worked as a research assistant studying the biophysical properties of protein folding. Thereafter, I spent 6 years at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute where I developed a strong desire to pursue a career in academia. My experiences over the years, under several great mentors, have profoundly shaped the way I think and approach scientific problems in medicine. My goal is to acquire a multidisciplinary skill-set to solve some of life’s most complex mysteries.