I grew up in Jamul, CA, a small rural community just east of San Diego, California. I received my B.S. from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). During this time, I volunteered in the lab of Dr. Andrea Chiba where I helped research the role of the basal forebrain cholinergic system in sensory processing and learning. After a brief stint as lab manager in Dr. Chiba’s lab, I applied to the UCSD Cognitive Science PhD program. I completed my graduate research in the lab of Dr. Douglas Nitz. In the Nitz lab, we utilized in vivo electrophysiology to investigate spatial systems and the basal forebrain subcortical projection system. My dissertation research explored the role of retrosplenial cortex in the extraction and encoding of spatial relationships mapped in different spatial coordinate systems. I am now located in Boston, MA where I am a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Michael Hasselmo.