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Holly Sofka

Holly SofkaI was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania and later graduated from Elizabethtown College, where I received my B.S. in Biochemistry. Needing a change in scenery and weather, I chose UArizona for graduate school for multiple reasons including the beautiful campus and city, welcoming department, the potential research projects I could contribute to, and the opportunities within. I currently work in the lab of Dr. John Jewett, where my project focuses on the development of a new class of lysine reactive probes and tuning them to react under different environmental conditions. The Victor P. Thalacker Graduate Fellowship will allow me to continue my education by providing support for additional educational supplies that are necessary for my research and personal growth. Additionally, this fellowship will support me in presenting my research at various conferences, which is a vital part in my professional development through networking and science communication. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and resources that will now be available to me from the support of this fellowship. After graduate school, I aspire to study human diseases, helping to develop vaccines, pharmaceuticals, or therapeutics.