James Whitbread is originally from rural eastern Washington state, and attended Washington State University (WSU) for his undergraduate education. There, he graduated with a B.S. in Theoretical Mathematics and minors in Sociology, Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, and Biology in 2018. At WSU, he was a researcher in Mathematics Education, Neuroscience, and Reproductive Molecular Biology, studying everything from student conceptualizations in a fully flipped Introduction to Mathematical Proof course, to the effects of Retinoic Acid Receptor Alpha on spermatogenesis in mice. He also worked as an Undergraduate Instructor of Mathematics and a leader in mental health advocacy and mental illness destigmatization. Currently, Joey is a rising second year at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. There, he is developing his interest in Surgery and CT Surgery through his work in the Cardiac Surgery Research Lab and the Cardiac Surgery Division at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is currently investigating VAD’s effect on heart transplantations under the direction of Dr. Ahmet Kilic, and is also the president of his school’s CT Surgery Interest Group and Math in Medicine Club. In his spare time, he tutors math for 8th graders at a local middle school, and loves to keep up his own personal passions for reading and writing.