Vicky Herrera

Vicky is a senior majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Chemistry. For over a year, she has been thrilled every day to be contributing to scientific discovery. She started in the laboratory through the Amgen Scholars Program, and continued working in the lab as a Mary Gates Research Scholar. And this year was named a McNair scholar. She worked on establishing how desynchronization of SCN neurons and the associated disruption of sleep stages affect memory consolidation. Her current Research is focused on sleep disruption and cytokines. Her experiments will provided mechanistic insight into how disrupted sleep architecture interferes with the immune system. She loves sharing her work at local and national and international conferences throughout the year. Last summer she has was selected to conduct research in the University of Valencia in Spain. Her research in Spain involved neural stem cell proliferation. Vicky’s research is currently being supported by the EIP Presidential Scholarship. Apart from her studies, Vicky is a part of Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Louis Strokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), as well as being an Undergraduate Research Leader (URL). She hopes to earn a PhD and continue conducting research in neuroscience.