As a former athlete, I have always been fascinated by the cellular processes that allow for human adaptability in the face of physiologic challenges. I began exploring cellular mechanisms at Bates College, where I studied the ubiquitin-proteasome system in picornaviral replication. Outside of the classroom, I was a member of the Bates College Rowing team, winning the NCAA National Championship in 2015. I then joined Teach for America in Grandview, WA, where I served as a high school math teacher and concurrently completed my Master of Education degree. Subsequently, I matriculated at Duke University School of Medicine, where I have become fascinated by the stark differences in the aging experience, particularly with cardiorespiratory and musculoskeletal function. At Cambridge, I plan to investigate human metabolic resilience in older individuals through the lens of mitochondrial function and malleability. Mitochondria are critical for all cellular functions and play a key role in the aging process. By exploring the intersection of mitochondrial malleability and physiologic function, I hope to improve the aging process for my patients and the population as a whole. I am honored to be joining the Gates Cambridge community this year.