Jared grew up in upstate New York, where he attended Cornell University to study Chemistry and Chemical Biology. At Cornell, he worked in the lab of Dr. Michelle Heck to understand the proteomic signatures of infection and transmission of citrus greening disease. From there, Jared went to the University of Washington to pursue a PhD in Genome Sciences working in the lab of James Bruce, where he received an NSF GRFP fellowship to support his graduate studies. In the Bruce lab, Jared worked on developing novel cross-linking reagents and search tools, as well as supporting software development for operating novel mass analyzers. When not working on science, Jared enjoys cooking and sampling beers with interesting names.