As an assistant professor in the Texas A&M University Nutrition and Food Science Department, I have been involved in the acquisition of over $4.8 million in competitive grants and sponsored research agreements. I received an Excellence in Mentorship Award from the Texas A&M University Nutrition and Food Science Department in 2013. Prior to my academic appointment, I developed novel bacterial probiotics and biocatalysts for the food, pharmaceutical, nutritional, and agricultural industries at Christian Hansen Incorporated. I received the Christian Hansen Incorporated Innovation Excellence Award in 2004.