I recently completed my PhD in Molecular Biology at the University of California Los Angeles where I studied how the parasite, Trypanosoma brucei, senses and responds to cues from its environment. When not wrangling my parasites in the lab, I have served as Editor-in-Chief of Signal to Noise Magazine, a graduate student-run online science magazine, for the past three years, and I've had the opportunity to do some freelance science writing for the epigenetics blog, EpiBeat. I've enjoyed participating in science education and outreach projects at UCLA and helping organize science communication opportunities for other graduate students like ComSciCon-SciWri, a science communication conference for graduate students and postdocs interested in a career in science writing. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to write for the Los Angeles Times this summer! As a Los Angeles native, I can't quite believe that I will be writing for the newspaper I grew up reading. Aside from science and science writing, I enjoy traveling, tap dancing, and attempting to make the perfect plate of pasta carbonara.