Kristen received a B.S. degree from the University of Iowa and majored in Biomedical Engineering. She is rostered in the Department of Computer Science. Kristen completed her first lab rotation in Dr. Ryan Layer's lab in the Department of Computer Science. She completed her second lab rotation in Dr. Lawrence Hunter's lab in the Computational Bioscience Program at Anschutz Medical Campus. Kristen completed her third lab rotation in Dr. Edward Chuong's lab in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. For her fourth lab rotation, she worked with two other IQ Biology students and Dr. Ryan Layer was their advisor.