I am a rising senior at California State University, Long Beach pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology. There, I study the physiological mechanisms of the human parasite Toxoplasma gondii. I am currently doing a two-month summer research training program in the Mukherjee lab. After graduation, I plan on attending graduate school to become a medical scientist and specialize in the research and treatment of infectious diseases. When I’m not in lab, my time is spent doing yoga, rock-climbing and arts and crafts. I am looking forward to spending the summer in San Francisco exploring the city and gaining amazing research experience.