I am a lesbian and I am a genetics graduate student. //

As an undergrad I was introduced to the world of epigenetics and became very interested in its role in human disease. While my undergraduate research focused on improving chemotherapy, I will focus my PhD work on the epigenetics of HIV, diabetes, or other diseases with a strong genetic basis. My undergraduate education also involved a role as VP of my university’s oSTEM chapter, and I hope to continue similar work as a PhD student, advocating for all LGBTQ people in STEM fields. Becoming involved in oSTEM allowed me to embrace my established identity as a lesbian and to discover that I am nonbinary as well, and I hope to foster that same welcoming environment in STEM that allowed me to do so.