William graduated with a degree in Plant Sciences from Cornell in May 2013. He began work in the Rose Lab in Spring 2011 working with Gregory Buda on cuticle biosynthesis in moss, and completed an Honors Thesis studying the biosynthesis of suberin in response to stress in Arabidopsis thaliana roots.
He has also worked in the lab of Dr. Mary Bisson of SUNY University at Buffalo studying the mechanism by which the algae Chara australis imports divalent cadmium from aquatic, ground sediment. During the summer of 2012, he participated in the Roswell Park Cancer Institute Summer Internship Program, conducting research on antigen-specific activation of the NFAT Pathway of immune response.
In the fall of 2013, William began attending Penn State University to begin work on a PhD in Plant Biology.