Kyrie is a first-generation college student from Boise, ID. She graduated from Boise State University in May 2023 with her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, she engaged in community advocacy by working as a client advocate for the Women and Children’s Alliance of Idaho. In this position, she provided victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with emergency housing, case management, safety planning, court advocacy, and crisis counseling resources. Through fellowship awards – LSAMP, McNair Scholars Program, and New York University SURP – Kyrie was able to participate in undergraduate research that strengthened her interest in biomedical and translational science. She investigated cell membrane electrophysiology, gene therapy optimization, and CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing mechanisms. Outside of work and school, she is passionate about social activism and community organization. In her free time, she enjoys watching popular TV shows, eating at new restaurants, reading, and spending time outdoors.
Kyrie is honored to join the Genetic Counseling Program at UCLA. She looks forward to exploring biological, psychosocial, and ethical/legal implications of a rapidly evolving field, expanding genetic counseling services to marginalized communities, and empowering patients to make informed decisions about their health.