I will be graduating from UC Davis with a PhD in plant biotechnology in June of 2017. For my dissertation, I studied the fundamental mechanisms that control gene activity in plants. In my free time, I write and make videos about food and agricultural science issues, exciting new discoveries in biology, and my experiences teaching science to K-12 students. I’m excited to engage in more formal science communication as an intern at the Washington Post this summer. After my internship, I plan to study how to improve the production of pharmaceuticals in yeast at Colorado State University.