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Vivan Mendoza-Leon

Vivian Mendoza-LeonVivian is a first-generation university student, attending the U of A to obtain a B.S. in Biochemistry with a Microbiology Minor. She aspires to go to medical school after completing her undergraduate degree in May 2022. This scholarship will help her achieve her goals by
freeing up more time that was once occupied by work, so she can focus on pursuing activities she enjoys such as research, clinical volunteering, and serving as a Chemistry and Biochemistry department ambassador and peer mentor. In the Schwartz lab, her past contributions include working on a project to characterize the normal function of the RNA-binding protein fused in sarcoma (FUS) that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) when mutated. Her work specifically focused on performing transcription assays with bovine serum albumin protein (BSA) to use as a control for determining the effects of FUS in transcription. Now she can also dedicate more time on increasing her involvement in the community through Banner and Clinica Amistad. Outside of school, she enjoys bike riding and cooking.