During grad school, I caught start up fever while collaborating with a new green Ag-Tech company. Watching this field explode over the past decade as student then as an industry scientist has been exciting. Now at NewLeaf, I lead the Biotic Stress Team screening for microbes that can protect crops from disease. When not at work, I can be found exploring plant, mushroom and bird nerd outdoor opportunities with my husband and toddler daughter, who especially likes Hike It Baby and rocking it out in the YMCA toddler swim classes. As a fermentation enthusiast I love fermenting veggies in my kitchen and as a fiber artist I aspire to add spinning to my existing hobbies of knitting, embroidery and rug braiding.