Hey everyone, my name is Jake! I am a Senior from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, and I am majoring in biology and Spanish. I got involved in research through “Pizza with Professors” at Gorgas Library, connecting with a faculty member whose research really interested me. I have been engaged in research since February of 2020, and have been a part of three poster presentations, two of them as the student lead of the project. Outside of academics, I am on the club ultimate frisbee team and really enjoy lifting weights and playing video games. I am currently applying to medical school, and research has been a very valuable and rewarding part of my undergraduate experience!