My first research experience was in a competition during my freshman year of college. It was a brief but intense introduction to laboratory skills in the context of a unique synthetic biology project; my team attempted to make biomaterials using bacteriophages. The best part was the camaraderie with fellow scientists in training who were excited to work — at least until the sun came up…again. The feeling of making progress in an area that very few other people in the world might have considered, and the chance to share the information you’ve learned with people who are genuinely interested in your work, is my favorite aspect of a life in science. I am currently interested in research on genetic engineering and disease modeling with an emphasis on the use of CRISPR and recombinase technologies in the setting of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.