I was born in 1981 in San Antonio, TX. As cliche as it sounds, I have always been interested in astronomy. I used to read a lot about it as a child and was always curious about science. There were always questions about the world and the universe that would bug me until I found the answer. It wasn't until high school that I decided I wanted to be an astronomer. There were so many different subjects that interested me (not all science) that it was hard to choose!
I graduated from Thomas Edison High School in 1999 and moved away to the small town of Hamilton NY to attend Colgate University. My time at Colgate was amazing. Colgate is a small liberal arts college, so not only did I study physics and astronomy, but I also got to study all sorts of other things. The requirements were minimal so I had a lot of freedom to take classes that I thought would be fun. The people there were wonderful and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. Each summer I participated in different astronomy summer programs. I spent one summer at Colgate, one at Space Telescope in Baltimore, and one at NRAO in Green Bank, WV.
I finished my undergraduate degree in 2003 and then moved to the beautiful state of Hawaii for graduate school, where I received my Masters degree in Astronomy in 2005 and my PhD in 2009. My dissertation was called "A Multiwavelength Study of (Ultra)Luminous Infrared Galaxies in the COSMOS Field" and my advisor was David Sanders. After this, I moved to Tucson, Arizona to begin a postdoctoral position with Mark Dickinson at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, working with data from the newly launched Heschel Space Observatory. In 2011 I began a Hubble Fellowship at NOAO continuing my research on the multiwavelength properties of ultraluminous infrared galaxies and their morphologies.