I am an MD/PhD Candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In my third year of the MSTP program, I am now pursing my PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder with Dr. Kristi Anseth as my thesis advisor. I received a bachelor of science in Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2012. After graduation, I worked in Dr. Sheldon Miller and Dr. Kapil Bharti's lab as a Postbac IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health focusing on stem cell differentiation into retinal tissues. I have an emphasis in cellular and tissue engineering and continue to apply these skills in the Anseth Lab. My thesis project focuses on utilizing thiol-ene chemistries to create a hydrogel stem cell niche for culturing and studying induced pluripotent stem cells.