Marissa received her BS in 2012 and MS in 2013 in Mathematics from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She then received her PhD in Mathematics in 2018 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. Her dissertation research focused on uncertainty quantification in systems biology models of yeast cell polarization and stem cell lineages. Marissa then moved to the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor MI as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Kirschner Lab in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. During her postdoctoral work, she focused on developing and analyzing epidemiological models for tuberculosis. She has also been involved in modeling efforts for COVID-19 in Michigan.