I am a proud member of the CUNY Neuroscience Collaborative and native New Yorker. I started my research career at Hunter College working with Peter Serrano on learning and memory during my undergraduate studies. After graduation I tried my hand at clinical sleep research at Clinilabs for 3 very productive years, working on dozens of clinical studies in several different roles ranging from research assistant to project manager. My return to academia came in the form of the Cognitive Neuroscience Master’s program at the Graduate Center. My current role of graduate student lead me to the Advance Science Research Center through Dr. Shafer my former professor and now mentor. I feel very lucky to have an opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest and look forward to many breakthroughs in the field of circadian rhythms and sleep in Drosophila.