I am originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. I moved to El Paso, Tx the summer of 2007. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from St. Mary’s University with a chemistry minor in 2016. During my senior year of college, I took an introduction to Immunology course, which sparked my interest in the subject. At this time, I also participated in an undergraduate research program at the University of Health Science Center in San Antonio, Tx. (UTHSCSA), in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) in the laboratory Dr. Paolo Casali. Dr. Casali’s laboratory studies the development and function of B cells and immunoglobulins; my project was about a small GTPase named “CID,” which blocks Rab7, an endosome-localized small GTPase upregulated in murine lupus. Blocking Rab7 leads to an impairment of class-switched recombination and impair survival of plasma cells in the MRL murine model of systemic lupus erythematosus. The summer of 2017, I joined the Master’s in Immunology program at UTHSCSA, and that fall, I joined the laboratory of Dr. Ann Griffith. Dr. Griffith’s lab studies the lymphopoietic stromal microenvironment, and the cross-talk that occurs between thymic epithelial cells and developing thymocytes. My time at the Griffith lab lead to a co-author publication in Cell Reports, 2018. It was during my time as a Master’s student that I fell in love with research. I graduated with a Master’s of Science in Immunology and Infection the summer of 2018, and the fall of 2018, I joined the Immunology Ph.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine, where I joined the laboratory of Dr. Matthew Bettini. The fall of 2019, the Bettini lab moved institutions to the University of Utah, and I transferred here to study Type One Diabetes (T1D). The Bettini lab studies the onset and development of autoimmune T1D in the context of T cell central tolerance dysfunction. My projects explore the role of antigen-presenting cells in failed central T cell tolerance in T1D and mechanisms by which we can rescue tolerance. Outside of the lab, I enjoy dancing, reading, shopping, and cooking.