Mary earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. After graduation, she worked in the lab of Dr. Yusen Liu at Columbus Children’s Hospital researching the role of MAP kinases in innate immune responses. She then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Bioethics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where her focus was on health disparities and access to care. Mary continued her graduate education at Case Western and finished her Doctorate in Chemistry in 2010. There she worked with Drs. Tom Kelley and James Burgess on determining a mechanism for cholesterol processing in cystic fibrosis. Mary joined the Margolis lab in 2011 as a postdoc and is researching factors involved in chromatin remodeling in HIV latency.