My name is Nataly Beacham and I am a second year Molecular Biology student here at the University of Wyoming. I moved to Laramie from Georgia for school but am originally from Bogotá, Colombia. Apart from pursuing my major, I am also completing a minor in Neuroscience and am pursing a certification in American Sign Language. In the future I hope to attend medical school and aim to serve underserved and underrepresented minority populations. As a first generation daughter of an immigrant I saw firsthand the disparities in service and the fears afflicting many minority communities that struggle with language and cultural barrier. Often these fears manifest themselves as an avoidance to seek medical care, an issue I find to be extremely detrimental not only to their physical health but their ability to feel safe and provide for their families.

For my research credits, I will be working with Dr. Eunsook Park and Dr. Chhatre to develop genomics and bioinformatics skills. My project will involve a study of Arabidopsis mutants to understand genetic mechanisms underlying stromule function. We will make use of transcriptomic data generated with next generation sequencing techniques.