I am a scientist working as a Principal Legislative Analyst in the University of California Office of Federal Governmental Relations (FGR). In this role, I serve as an advocate for UC with Congress, the Administration and federal agencies. My portfolio includes NIH, NSF, NSB, DoE, DHS, USAID, CDC, animal research and cannabis research. Prior to this position, I was a Policy & Advocacy Fellow at The Society for Neuroscience (SfN), where I provided staff support for special and on-going projects, including SfN’s annual lobby event and the society’s annual meeting.

In addition to working at UC, I serve as Vice-President of Future of Research (FoR), a non-profit organization whose mission is to champion, engage and empower early career scientists with evidence-based resources to improve the scientific research endeavor. I am also Chief Outreach Officer at the Journal of Science Policy and Governance (JSPG), a non-profit and interdisciplinary peer review publication serving as a vehicle for students, policy fellows, young professionals and early career scholars to publish on the widest range of science, technology and innovation policy topics.

I obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.