Pooja is a fourth-year student from Dubuque, Iowa pursuing a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences on the pre-medicine track. She is currently working in Dr. Sarit Smolikove’s lab in the Biology Department, and she plans on graduating with Honors in her major upon the completion of her thesis. Her current studies entail double-stranded DNA breaks in meiotic cycles and the specific mechanisms/machinery required to repair those breaks. In addition to research, she volunteers at UI Hospitals and Clinics, volunteers for the UI Mobile Clinic, and works as a Resident Assistant at Hillcrest Residence Hall.