Kaila is a Michigan native who spent her undergraduate years in Chicago. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics from DePaul University in 2017. During this time she got her first experience with plant biology research and examined anthocynanin transport into the vacuole. She spent her remaining free time on the university rowing team. After completion of her degree, she wanted to explore a different flavor of biology and conducted research at Northwestern University studying emergent metabolic properties of bacterial biofilms. Kaila came to Michigan State as a PhD student in Plant Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences where she found her home in the Walker lab. The Walker lab allows her to combine her research interests in both plant biology and metabolism. Beyond research, she most enjoys running, reading, and dogs in her free time.