When I was 15, I knew that I wanted to be a plant scientist. I pursued the study of Plant Biology during my PhD and 2 post-doctoral fellowships and have been working as a scientist at NewLeaf since 2015. It has been the perfect opportunity to develop new technologies for sustainable agriculture, and in my hometown of Saint Louis no less. As Manager for Plant Biology, I oversee our greenhouse and growth chamber experimentation, identifying plant-beneficial properties of our M-troph microbes and dissecting the underlying basis for these effects. I also serve as the principal data analyst and statistician for NewLeaf’s Field Biology and Agronomy program. In my spare time, I enjoy cycling, cooking, reading, rock & roll guitar and fantasy baseball.