I’ve known science (specifically areas involving cell biology) was something I wanted to pursue for most of my life. Ever since I saw the anatomy of a cell poster put up on my 7th grade science classroom door, I knew what would be the focal point of my education for years to come.
Since then, I’ve went on to graduate Texas A&M University with a double major in Biochemistry and Genetics. Barely a week after, I started my PhD studies at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Currently, I work in Dr. Udugamasooriya’s lab studying ways to improve cancer therapeutics through single compounds that can target multiple, uniques biomolecules present in cancer. Basically, I’m trying to create one compound that can hit several targets that are ubiquitous to most cancers.
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try my hand at science policy thanks to the Archer Center’s Graduate Program in Public Policy. The organization was founded by a former Representative from Texas that really wanted to get students involved in policy work. Luck was on my side when I applied in the winter of 2012 and secured a spot among many different applicants from the various branches of the University of Texas School System. This opportunity allows graduate students to spend a summer in Washington D.C. working in the policy field of their choice. I applied and was accepted for an internship with the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. I’ll be working on the various subcommittees during my time in D.C. and hopefully I will get to approach science policy from many different angles, from both a policy and scientific standpoint. As for everyone else involved in the program… they have been amazingly nice and fun to be around. This summer will be an exciting one for sure!