I grew up and attended school in Waubay, SD. I received my B.S. in Biology and Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry at South Dakota State University. While a student at SDSU, I was employed at the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory in the PCR Laboratory. After graduation I was employed in the animal health vaccine industry, first at Intervet Animal Health in Dallas Center, Iowa working on swine vaccines and then Benchmark BioLabs in Lincoln, Nebraska.
In 2004, I received my Master’s Degree from SDSU, my area of research was the development of a real-time PCR assay for the detection and quantitation of Porcine Respiratory and Reproduction Syndrome Virus (PRRSV).
I began teaching at Presentation College in the Biology Department in the Fall of 2004.