I was born, raised and educated in southeastern Wisconsin. After college I briefly worked in a contract laboratory and left it for the more creative, stimulating investigations of academic research. I worked for 26 years in a basic science research lab at the Eye Institute. Most recently we were studying the role melanosomes in the Retinal Pigment Epithelium (RPE) have in protecting the RPE from the effects of oxidative stress. The Advanced Ocular Imaging Program appeals to me because of the more direct connection between clinical research and improvements in health care. Here I can blend my research background with my desire to help people.