I was born and raised in Cartago, Costa Rica. From a young age, I have been passionate about science and teaching and tailored my education to develop a career in academia. I obtained my bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology Engineering from the Costa Rican Institute of Technology. After obtaining my bachelors degree I worked as a high school teacher while exploring my passion for education and pedagogy. In 2016, I moved to the Unites States where I obtained my Masters in Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech while studying n-hydroxylating monooxygenases from pathogenic microorganisms. Due to my passion on teaching, I was admitted in the Graduate Teaching Scholar program at Virginia Tech where I developed my teaching abilities and had the opportunity to teach biochemistry courses for undergraduates. Currently, I am pursuing my doctorate degree by researching opportunistic pathogens in the built environment through mass spectrometry technologies at Virginia Tech.