Justin was born and raised in Texas and attended UT Austin for undergrad. While there, he did research with Prof. Stephen F. Martin and graduated with a B.S. in 2011. He then decided to leave the life of backyard BBQ and country music behind, moving to Stanford for his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Justin Du Bois at Stanford University where he worked on "Synthetic Studies Towards Pactamycin Using Oxidative Alkene and C–H Amination Technologies." He joined the Reisman Group as a postdoc in 2017. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar and hitting golf balls at the driving range.