I am from NJ and attended Rutgers as an undergraduate, obtaining a BA in chemistry. I am starting as a PhD candidate in the Microbial Life Department at Rutgers in the lab of Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya, studying the genomics of coral. The main goal of my work will be to identify mechanisms in the coral genome, as well as through their symbiotic relationships, of adaptation and acclimatization to environmental stressors. Unfortunately, 25% of coral reefs are already considered damaged beyond repair because of human ignorance. It will take more than one field to correct the effect humans have had on the coral holobiont, so I am excited to combine my scientific knowledge with the economic, engineering, political, and outreach expertise of the other trainees to help save the coral reefs.