"I grew up in Indianapolis and attended Duke University for my undergraduate degree. Duke awarded me a Howard Hughes fellowship which was an opportunity to work on a basic science research project at the medical center. This experience was the beginning of my interest in translational biomedical research. Ultimately, I joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at Indiana University School of Medicine. My graduate work focused on the impact of immune tolerance on the T cell response to melanoma. Prior to joining the Radiation Oncology program at Cornell, I completed a transitional internship at St Francis Hospital in Evanston, IL. Going forward, I am interested in investigating strategies to integrate immunotherapy with radiation to enhance therapeutic options for cancer."