Kirsten is a recent graduate of Duke University where she received her Master of Biostatistics, and she has a BS in Mathematics from Wheaton College in Illinois. While earning her master's degree she did research with a professor in statistical genetics, and was able to do internships at QuintilesIMS and the Duke Biostatistics core. During her time at Wheaton College, she was a TA for semesters in mathematics, and collaborated with faculty on a research project in computational epidemiology and was acknowledged in the published article, The Schedule Effect, which looked at how school scheduling can impact infection rates. Although Biostatistics is her passion, Kirsten has been heavily involved in tutoring students in mathematics and statistics. It is fulfilling for her to watch a students face as they understand a mathematical concept for the first time. In her free time, Kirsten enjoys playing basketball, hiking with friends, playing saxophone, and baking.