I was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Here I completed my Bachelor's degree (2016) in genetics and molecular biology, at Massey University. This was followed by my Master's (2018), my thesis research supervised from a distance by Prof. Paul Rainey. I found the project to be both fascinating and intellectually stimulating, thus I decided to continue the work on for my PhD, and joined the newly established Rainey Lab at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön in 2018. More broadly, my research is interested in evolution, transitions in individuality, and the origins of complex life. Specifically, we use a bacterial model system to investigate the early steps in the transition from unicellular to multicellularity. My project has focused on the redesign of an experiment that recreates a simple multicellular life cycle, transitioning between a collective phase ('somatic body'), and an individual motile cell phase ('germline'). Personally, I enjoy art museums, travelling, eating, indie music, and collecting sea shells.