Rose Marie received her M.S. in Neuroscience from Washington State University and her B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has performed research in the fields of epilepsy, deafferentation (destruction of nerve fibers and cells), neuroregeneration, and fungal pathogens in amphibians. Additionally, as a Texas certified instructor she taught for Teach for America at a Title I middle school in the San Antonio Independent School District.