Travis Haussener was born in Elmira, NY in 1987. He attended The Pennsylvania State University where he earned a B.S. degree in chemistry in 2009. He is currently working on his Ph. D. at The University of Utah under the direction of Ryan Looper. Travis is interested in the total synthesis of Pactamycin. In his spare time he enjoys climbing, backcountry skiing, and running ultramarathons.