I grew up in Cache Valley, Utah at the foot of the Wellsville Mountains. This is the steepest  mountain range in the world, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. I have always been curious about the way things work and the physical phenomena governing behavior in biological systems. I attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on a four year departmental scholarship, where I graduated with a B.S. in Physics. Prior to graduate school I worked for Campbell Scientific, Inc. designing sensors for environmental biophysics application. Following a knee injury, I became interested bioengineering and mechanisms that regulate cellular function. This prompted me to pursue a PhD in Bioengineering at the University of Washington, where my advisors were Mike Regnier and Tom Daniel. My Ph.D. research integrated computational modeling with cellular experiments to investigate skeletal muscle function. Next, as a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at University of Vermont, I studied and developed a neat set of biophysical system analysis methods to investigate myosin activity in multiple muscles from rodents, humans, and fruit flies. My advisors were Brad Palmer and David Maughan. Since the summer of 2013 I've been building my laboratory here in Pullman, WA in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience at Washington State University.