Amanda grew up in Maplewood, MN. She went to Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned a bachelors in Biology with an Emphasis in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. After graduation she moved back to the Twin Cities and started working as an animal technician at a preclinical research lab. After 10 months of working in animal care Amanda found a position in Pathology at the same company and loved it! After three and a half years she decided that she wanted to further her education and change things up a bit, so she went to grad school. Amanda started Fall 2016 and should be finishing up her Master's and defending in the Spring of 2018. Amanda was in charge of running a study that evaluated mouse feed intake on regular laboratory chow and on a corn-soy diet formulated for mice. Currently she is in the middle of her thesis project which examines physiological effects of isocaloric diets over generations.
Amanda now resides in Forest Lake, MN where she and her husband bought a house last year. On top of having a large research project this summer she also got married in July and went to Ireland for a week for her honeymoon. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog and spending time at the horse barn where she works and shows American Saddlebreds.