Casey moved to New York in 2015 after earning her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William and Mary. It was there, working in a lab studying hormones and behavior, that she fell in love with research and studying the brain. In addition to endocrinology, Casey has studied entomology and how species evolve, butterflies and the evolution of complex traits, and now, in her graduate work, the role of environmental cues in psychiatric disorders. Casey is currently a PhD candidate in Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Casey is passionate about communicating science to audiences of all kinds. She co-directs a neuroscience outreach organization called Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai, or MiNDS, and can frequently be found at “nerd nights” and storytelling events either speaking about her own research or coaching others in communicating theirs. Throughout her education and research experiences, Casey has had excellent mentors who taught her how to communicate her ideas and constantly improve as a critical thinker. As a result, she genuinely loves teaching herself. As a tutor, she channels her excitement about science to help the students she works with excel in many different STEM disciplines.
Casey ran cross country and track in high school and competed at the Division I level in college. Today, she still runs for fun, and for sanity, all over New York City. She is originally from Virginia and often goes back to visit the mountains and attend her favorite folk music festival.