Cynthia joined Professor Sahai’s group August 2019 as part of the Integrated Bioscience PhD program. She graduated with majors in Biology and Environmental Science, and a minor in Chemistry from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Before she joined, she worked as a Scholar Coach for a third grade classroom in a small charter school, where she gained a love of educating. Here, she is focused on Ecology and Soil studies. Now, she is doing work in the Sahai group focused on fatty acid vesicles and the Origin of Life.