Mackenzie was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She graduated in 2015 from Claremont McKenna College outside of Los Angeles, California with a B.A. in Chemistry. After graduation she worked as a Process Research and Development chemist at Norac Pharma in Southern California for 2 years. After deciding she didn’t like the SoCal sunshine, she moved to Boston in the fall of 2017 and joined the Porco group. When she’s not doing chemistry, Mackenzie enjoys hiking, wine, and wearing socks and birkenstocks.