I am from Los Angeles, California and part of the Gene Regulation, Epigenomics and Transcriptomics Home Area of the Molecular Biology Institute graduate program. I attended East Los Angeles College and then transferred to California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) where I graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. I subsequently earned an M.S. in Biochemistry at CSULA as part of the NIH Research Training Initiative for Student Enhancement. My research during my master’s program focused on mechanisms of breast cancer chemoresistance. I joined the Plath Lab at UCLA to complete my doctoral research in the study of RNA mediated nuclear compartments. During my time at UCLA I have enjoyed partaking in diversity and inclusion efforts as part of the SACNAS@UCLA board, as coleader for the Scientific Excellence through Diversity Seminar series, and in joining the Biological Chemistry JEDI committee. I hope that my efforts at UCLA can lead to positive changes in fostering an equitable training environment.