I am currently a 6th year PhD student in Dr. Margaret Fuller’s laboratory. My research is focused on understanding the molecular signals sent between stem cells and their neighbors necessary for proper differentiation. Specifically, I study the cellular environment that promotes differentiation of adult stem cells that produce sperm using fruit flies as a model system. I am also actively involved in science outreach and communication, writing for the graduate student blog The Dish on Science. I am passionate about undergraduate education and fostering interest in STEM fields through my work as an undergraduate research mentor, a Human Biology TA, and in work with Bay Area community college students.