April was born in Bay City, Michigan. She earned her B.S. in biochemistry from Saginaw Valley State University in 2015 where she completed an honors thesis on the genetic basis for isoprene production in firs and conducted research in water quality assessment for bacterial contamination. April completed her Ph.D. in Chemical Biology from the University of Michigan under the supervision of Prof. Alison Narayan. Her thesis research was focused on characterizing biosynthetic enzymes in the production of paralytic shellfish toxins in cyanobacteria. April joined the Moore lab in September 2020 and is studying the biosynthesis and chemical ecology of algal polybrominated compounds.