Amy grew up in Michigan and went to undergrad at the University of Michigan, where she studied long-range enhancer-promoter interactions in Scott Barolo’s lab. She got hooked on using Drosophila and studying chromatin, and continued those at UC Berkeley for her Ph.D. in Gary Karpen’s lab. There she found that constitutive heterochromatin, the “junk” part of the genome that is always silenced, is organized by phase separation, similar to oil and water. Now as a postdoc in the Brangwynne lab she studies how this phase separation process is involved in organization, mechanics, and function of the nucleus as a whole. Outside of the lab she likes to hike, camp, and capture wildlife photography.