David received his Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Biology from Capital University in 2019. He began his PhD program Fall of 2019 at the OARDC in Wooster, OH, being co-advised by Dr. Katrina Cornish and Dr. Jonathan Fresnedo Ramirez. His project was focused on the development of Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TK) germplasm using biotechnology (e.g. transgenic transformations and CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing). He was also a member of ABRC's STEM Professionals Reaching Out (SPROUT) program, a science communication and public outreach program for plant science researchers at OSU, and is the Logistics chair of the Horticulture and Crop Science Graduate Student Association. Graduated Fall 2021.