I was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and received my B.S. in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in Socorro, NM. My past research ranges from basic to applied science and includes validation of improved identification techniques for fungal infections, logistical support for drug discovery work, preservation of environmental cave microorganisms, and computational chemistry simulations of lipid bilayers. As an undergraduate, I volunteered with my university’s Engineers Without Borders chapter and worked with a community in Guatemala to implement a sustainable, community-driven clean water system. I also worked as a journalist for the school newspaper, volunteered with Search and Rescue, and have experience with peer mentoring and teaching. I am drawn to public health by the opportunity to improve human health on a wider scale and to help vulnerable and underserved populations, especially sexual and gender minority people and people of color. I enjoy putting my technical skills to use learning new software and other tools to make our work more efficient. I am passionate about communication, design, and outreach to connect people with the resources they need.