I first got involved in research the summer after high school in 2015 because I already had a strong interest in biology. I joined a diabetes research lab at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, by contacting several faculty members in subjects I was interested in, and finding one that had an opening. This experience had a very positive impact on me, and I knew I wanted to continue doing research in my undergraduate career. Here at UCI, I got involved in research by emailing Dr. Wood in the fall quarter of my freshman year because I was interested in his research topic. I got a response from him saying that his lab was full, but they would be needing new undergrads in spring. I did not give up there, so I made sure I met with a graduate student from his lab so that I would be the first choice when they did need new people. I was eventually able to join the lab in spring quarter, and the rest is history!