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Adriana Aguilar-Maldonado

Graduate Student, MCO

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About Me

I was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. After high school, I decided to attend community college before attending a four-year university. I studied at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) where I re-developed my love for science that I lost interest in during high school. I earned two degrees in Natural Sciences, A.S. and Biology, A.S. at SRJC before transferring to University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In December 2019, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and a minor in Marine Science from UCSD.

During my time at SRJC and UCSD, I had the opportunity to partake in several research experiences, mentor students, and become involved in a couple outreach programs for STEM. I want to continue to mentor others during my time in graduate school.

Scientifically, I have a broad level of interests within biology. I am interested in how cells interact with their environment during development, homeostasis, growth and more. Other scientific interests that I have include ocean/marine biology, botany, and ecology.

One interesting fact about me is that I trained in Tae Kwon Do for 12 years and am a black belt.

I also enjoy the outdoors a lot… anything involving hiking, camping, swimming, snow sports and much more!

Several other of my favorite hobbies are watching and participating in comedy, board game nights with friends, hanging out with my beardie Rocky (lizard), drawing, attending concerts, and watching films and movies.