Born and raised in Arizona, Amanda is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Business Administration at the University of Arizona. Gaining inspiration from her experiences researching in biochemistry and neurochemistry, she currently investigates the effects of in utero and neonatal nicotine exposure on the development of brainstem respiratory neurons with Dr. Ralph Fregosi at the College of Medicine - Tucson. Within the University of Arizona community, Amanda is actively involved with Alpha Epsilon Delta, an academic pre-health honorary; Honors College Ambassadors, a community of students that aid in recruitment and inquiries; and EPIC, an on-campus ministry. In the broader Tucson community, she volunteers to tutor refugee students, works as a medical scribe, and raises money with the Wildcat Wishes Foundation, a student-led initiative that funds the needs of teachers in their classrooms. Upon graduating, Amanda hopes to matriculate into medical school. Outside of her extracurricular and academic endeavors, Amanda enjoys baking, singing, writing, spending time with family, and exploring local restaurants and coffee shops.