Kirstin graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a double major in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. In undergrad, she developed a fascination with sensory transduction through research on magneto-reception in C. elegans. Continued interest in the cellular and molecular mechanisms of sensory integration led her to join the Louis Lab in 2020. She is now investigating how the nervous system accumulates, processes, and filters sources of input. She also hopes to explore the influence of neuromodulation on neural computations.