When I was born on June 5, 1978, my father was stationed at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, CO. I am the second child of three children. Soon after I was born, my family moved to Iowa City, IA, then Redlands, CA, and finally to Cheney, WA where I finished grade school, attended middle school, and graduated from high school.
I attended the University of Washington - Seattle where I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Chemistry as well as a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology. While I was in college, I had a job as a photographer and Costco employee, but mostly worked as an undergraduate researcher in two different labs on campus. I spent my junior year studying abroad at the University of Hull in northern England.
After my graduation, and a brief six and a half year term at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, I earned my Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology, working on understanding viral entry.
I left Madison, WI in 2009 with my new wife and degree to take a post-doc position at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and returned to Washington. I started my work in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) and transitioned to staff scientist in Computational Biology; a position at PNNL that I still hold.
At heart, I am a problem solver. Basically, that is what I try to do at my job - and at home. Back in college, I did not have the money to buy a projector but that did not stop me from wanting one. So, I took apart an old LCD computer monitor and used an overhead projector to get the effect. I take joy in fixing things, not just paying the problem away. I do as much of the work on my cars and around the house as I can.
That is not to say problem-solving is my only way to have fun. I have ridden a motorcycle since I was in grad school - but have always worn a helmet; even in Wisconsin where it is not a law. I am a licensed skydiver and pack my own parachute, so I understand the tight link between freedom and responsibility.
I have listened to and read about our politics and politicians with a growing sense of frustration. I feel I must do something about it.
The day my wife and I took our first child home from the hospital, the government shut down. The pressure to try to fix our system increases every time I look at my child. I must try.
We have to reboot the system to make it work the way it should.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."