Mansfield Center, CT
University of Southern California
B.A. Biological Science, Summer 1989 M.S. Biology, Spring 1993
An All-American swimmer her freshman year at Cal State Northridge, Crista was injured in a surfing accident while competing in a junior lifeguard competition. She graduated from USC’s Keck School of Medicine with an emphasis in neurobiology and received her Ph.D. at Rutgers, which is dedicated to Swim With Mike. Now married with two children, Crista is employed at Rutgers, where she is conducting research in the use of therapeutic drugs in cases of spinal cord injuries.