Nicolai Peña is currently studying Biochemistry and Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. He works in the laboratory of Dr. Daniela Zarnescu where his honors thesis project focuses on protein synthesis dysregulation on a Drosophila model of Lou Gherig’s disease. He wants to attend graduate school and study the molecular and cellular biology that underlies mental illness. Nicolai is a MARC trainee, CBC ambassador, and has volunteered at hospitals in Tucson and Phoenix. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing with his two labradors, and watching hockey.