I received my BS at VA Tech in Animal Science and was raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia in Rockingham County. After my BS, I moved to Lincoln, NE and received my MS and PhD in the Department of Animal Science working with James Kinder on endocrinology and follicular development in beef cattle. From Lincoln, NE, I moved to San Francisco to work on my Postdoctoral fellow with Mike Skinner at UCSF. Initially, I was to work on bovine ovarian development, but instead; I investigated early testis development in rats and mice. His laboratory moved to Washington State University in Pullman, WA and I moved there and finished my postdoc and became a research assistant professor. I also got to know my academic grandfathers- Jerry Reeves and Mike Griswold. I starte my job as a tenure track Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000 and now am a full professor.
Currently, my husband and daughter and I raise Boar goats and have two great dogs- Wiggles and Gus. My daughter shows our goats in 4-H and she is a terrific artist, musician and baby goat feeder and photographer. We enjoy going to Nebraska football games, photographing amazing Nebraska sunrises and spending time with our goats (and dogs) especially when we have baby goats to watch. We also enjoy car rides to hole-in-the-wall eating establishments, historical sites, art museums and antique shops (OK, maybe just I like to go the antique shops).