I was born in Dallas, Texas but grew up in Mexico. I received my B.S. in Biochemistry and B.S. in Microbiology & Infectious Diseases from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. During my undergraduate years at UT, I worked in the Contreras Lab investigating the Carbon Storage Regulatory system in E. coli as a potential system to be used for metabolic engineering processes. It was also during my undergraduate studies that I got the chance to do research on the late gene regulatory protein ORF24 of Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpesvirus in Britt Glaunsinger’s lab at UC Berkeley as an Amgen Scholar in 2016. It was here that I developed a great interest in viruses. I joined the Virology PhD program at Harvard in the summer of 2017, and later joined the Whelan lab in the spring of 2018. I am interested in studying the entry mechanisms of emerging viruses. Outside of lab, I enjoy going to the movies, working out, and listening to audiobooks.