I received my undergraduate training at Arizona State University, earning degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology. My undergraduate labwork, focused on vaccine design and applied immunology, led to the realization that I greatly enjoyed performing research with direct implications in healthcare. In turn, this generated a strong interest in pursuing an MD/PhD degree. Further labwork in structural biology further cemented my realization that, although basic biological research was interesting, it was ultimately unfulfilling due to the separation between my research and a beneficial end-product. Thus, my determination to enter a good MD/PhD program eventually led me to accepting a position at The Ohio State University, and I am currently on a rotation in Dr. Emilio Flano's lab at the Nationwide Children's Hospital studying immunological responses to respiratory infections in the epithelium.