Kierstin was born and raised in Alabama. She received her her B.S. degree in Chemistry and Biology from Delta State University in 2017. Her undergraduate research was in chemical education, and looking at antibiotic producing microbes in soil samples. She joined the Dodani lab in Summer 2018 and is developing molecular tools to track anions in living systems. In her free times she enjoys playing video games, hiking, and hanging out with her two cats and chinchilla.