I'm currently a neuroscience PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania studying how HIV infection impacts the brain and leads to cell death and cognitive decline. I am also a freelance science journalist covering neuroscience, psychology, mental health, and technology and have written for publications like Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, and Wired. I also write for the Penn neuroscience blog PennNeuroKnow and am part of the team for the podcast Caminos en Ciencia producing informational science interviews for Spanish-speaking communities. I completed my undergraduate studies in cellular-molecular biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus and did research on the regeneration of the central nervous system of the sea cucumber. Being from Puerto Rico, I am passionate about shining a light on issues affecting vulnerable communities and covering science being done by individuals from historically marginalized groups. I'm excited to be a part of the Mass Media Fellowship at STAT News this summer!