Hailing from the famous cross-town rival USC for my undergraduate studies, I am currently a fifth year Pharmacology graduate student in Michael Teitell laboratory. My research focuses on dissecting the regulatory role of metabolism in impacting pluripotent stem cell fate decisions, with specific interest in how nutrient dependencies affect early mammalian development. I was drawn to UCLA for my graduate studies because of the Pharmacology Department’s dedication to mentorship, the autonomy built into the curriculum, and the desire to undergo graduate school in the sunny Los Angeles metropolis. My personal motto is “A well-designed experiment is a gift that keeps on giving”. My hobbies and interests outside of research include going to concerts, Disneyland, coffee, and Victorian-era horror sensationalism.