I was born and raised in Los Angeles and I studied Biology at UCLA. While at UCLA I studied a unicellular parasite, trypanosoma brucei, and worked towards identifying microtubule inner proteins within their flagella. I became interested in doing research after I volunteered in a lab during high school but I never knew I would pursue research as a career! I enjoy cooking, dancing, and swimming but my dream hobby is to learn how to scuba dive. I look forward to learning more about genetics and evolution as well as exploring new fields.