My name is Jessica Wales, and I have just begun my 5th year as a graduate student at the University of Arizona. My goal is to obtain a PhD in Biochemistry and pursue a career in disease research. Currently, my research is aimed at developing new and improved pharmaceuticals to treat heart disease. Following graduation, I hope to obtain a postdoctoral position in a similar field. Being born and raised in Buffalo, NY, living in Tucson has been a great adventure. I love living in a place with such a unique landscape and abundance of culture. Hiking and road tripping are a favorite pastime, as well as spending time with friends and trying new things. My time here in Tucson has been a wonderful experience and the University of Arizona has provided a solid foundation for many career opportunities to come.