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Victoria S., Ph.D.

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Victoria has over 10 years of experience in basic and translational research, science writing, and scientific presentations. As an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, she was chosen for the prestigious College Park Scholars Program, for which she performed research at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD, focusing her efforts on identifying the underlying causes of congenital Lysosomal Storage Disorders. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics and secured a position as a Research Associate in the Microbiology and Virology Department at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Her work for the United States Department of Defense involved identifying cell-based strategies to combat weapons of biological warfare. Victoria then went on to earn a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences, specializing in Genetics and Cell Biology, from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, NY. Her graduate research centered on identifying the genes and proteins responsible for a number of congenital myopathies, including Emery-Dreifuss Muscular Dystrophy and Centronuclear Myopathy. During her graduate career, she successfully authored and earned numerous research grants, each directed at a specific audience: she received one year of support from the Golden Key International Honor Society (non-scientific), two years of support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH (government, scientific), and funding to support travel to national conferences from both the American Society for Cell Biology and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (private, scientific). She has also authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and advanced reviews with her work appearing in journals such as Development, PLoS Genetics, and Nature. For her accomplishments, she was also invited to speak at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the NIH, and two Genetics Society of America Annual Research Conferences. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Genetics Department at Yale University School of Medicine where she is studying the underlying causes of many cancers and congenital heart diseases.