Valarie Vargas

UROC Graduate Coordinator – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

My name is Valerie (pronouns: she/her) and I’m a graduate student in Molecular and Cell Biology. Im interested in how pathogens interact with their host to cause disease and how the immune system responds to pathogens. I’ll be happy to hear what your research interest are! I’m from Puerto Rico! As a Latina woman and minority in the sciences, I understand how isolating it can feel to not find many people that look like you, share similar experiences, do research or hold important positions here on campus. This fuels my desire to help increase diversity and inclusion in the sciences and cultivate a sense of belonging within the community. I am passionate about helping students like you get access to research and higher education.