About My journey into the world of science has been punctuated by a whimsical beginning – as my grand entrance began at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and often serves as a lighthearted reminder from my family of my potential destiny in the field. While I can’t deny the cosmic coincidence, it was through my experiences from childhood and throughout my adulthood that I discovered my true affinity for all organisms, micro- and macro. My dad’s Navy career as a pilot granted us the opportunity to travel often and relocate every few years to many places throughout the United States and beyond. From the enchanting landscapes of Reykjavik, Iceland, to the grounded charm of Corpus Christi, Texas, that of which I currently call home. Much of my upbringing was spent exploring the outdoors; venturing to geysers, hot springs, and waterfalls, hiking mountains and volcanoes, truly enjoying nature, while simultaneously cultivating in me a profound desire to ensure the preservation of these environments and the safety and well-being of all its tiny inhabitants. That love led me to pursue and complete a degree in Biotechnology at Del Mar College, where I accepted a laboratory assistant position working under Dr. Zhang. Through this I gained hands-on experience working with cell culture techniques, bacteriophage, GFP and RFP, and various types of bacteria. During my time at Del Mar, I completed an internship at Texas A&M Kingsville with the National Natural Toxins Research Center where I had the privilege of contributing to research endeavors centered on the purification and characterization of cysteine-rich secretory proteins (svCRiSPs) from the venom of Agkistrodon piscivorus, the Northern Cottonmouth snake, and its effect on vascular permeability. Subsequently, my path led me to Dr. Turner’s micro-omics lab, where I was invited to delve into one of my greatest fascinations: bacteriophages. More specifically, bacteriophage therapy aimed at reducing oyster larvae mortality and enhancing the productivity of Texas oyster aquaculture—a project that truly ignites my passion—and was most grateful to accept! I have since completed my Advanced Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing from the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station in cooperation with The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, as well as recently completing my associate degree in both chemistry and biology from Del Mar College. I am currently pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree majoring in both biology —cell and molecular biology— and chemistry —biochemistry— as well as minoring in computer science. I hope to continue my education through the graduate program here at Texas A&M and continue working on research under the guidance of Dr. Turner in the micro-omics lab. Education A.A.S. Biotechnology, Del Mar College, 2022. Advanced Certificate in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station in cooperation with The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing, 2023. A.S. Chemistry, Del Mar College, 2024. A.S. Biology, Del Mar College, 2024.