My name is Taylor Szyszka and I am a May 2015 graduate of the University of Arizona with a BS in Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry. During my tenure at UofA I was a member and officer of the Chemistry Club as well as a CBC Ambassador and Peer Mentor. I loved being a part of the CBC family and aiding in guiding younger students through the rigorous program as well as sharing my love of science throughout the campus and Tucson communities! When I wasn’t volunteering I was taking part in undergraduate research through the Undergraduate Biology Research Program (UBRP) in the lab of Dr. Matthew Cordes. Working in the Cordes lab gave me a taste of research and I knew from then on that I wanted to go to graduate school to pursue a PhD in Biochemistry. I was offered a unique opportunity to earn my PhD abroad at the University of Sydney in Australia working in the lab of Dr. Joel Mackay and I immediately said yes. My current research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying gene regulation, with a focus on molecular structure. When I’m not in the lab I’m taking in the beauty of Australia (and making a few furry friends), relaxing, or playing clarinet in my department’s jazz band. In the future, I would like to continue to study protein structure and find new ways to spread my passion for science!