I was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada. I completed my undergraduate degree in computational chemistry at Carleton University. I began my graduate work at the University of Western Ontario before moving to the University of Ottawa when my Ph.D. supervisor, Professor Tom Woo, was awarded the Canada Research Chair in Catalyst Modelling and Computational Chemistry. During my Ph.D., I developed techniques to use ab initio molecular dynamics to study organometallic catalysis. I completed my Ph.D. in 2009 and took up an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with Professor Benoît Roux. I joined the Department of Chemistry at Memorial as an Assistant Professor in January, 2012.