Stephanie is a first generation student from Los Angeles, California. After caring for a close relative as they underwent testing and received a genetic diagnosis, Stephanie understood firsthand the tangible impact of clinical genetics and set her mind on finding a way to contribute to it. She attended UCLA for her undergraduate studies, graduating with a bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics in 2022. While there, she conducted clinical research to better understand the effect that gene amplification, deletion, and cytogenetic remodeling had on disease progression and prognosis for T-PLL, AML, and neuroblastoma. Additionally, she worked for four years as a lab assistant with drosophila for a developmental biology lab. To gain more experience with patients and exposure to the field, Stephanie began working as a genetic counseling assistant in pediatric and adult clinical genetics at UCLA in 2022. Outside of science, Stephanie has been a camp counselor and year-round mentor with Royal Family Kids Camp and Teen Reach Adventure Camp for the last eight years. In these roles, Stephanie helps instill resiliency, hope, and positive memories in children in Los Angeles County's foster care system. Now, Stephanie is honored to continue her education at UCLA as a Double Bruin. A major goal of hers is to use the education she receives to raise both the standard of care and access to care for patients who are low income, uninsured, or underinsured. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, spending quality time with friends and family, and trying out new recipes.

Department: Human Genetics