Profile: Vicky Herrera

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Vicky Herrera: Biochemistry major and Chemistry minor
Vicky is a Biochemistry major with a minor In Chemistry. For almost a year, she has been thrilled every day to be contributing to scientific discovery. She works in the Horacio de la Iglesia Laboratory, which focuses on the pathways, molecular and neural, by which the central nervous system uses to control the timing of behavior and physiology. 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 is working on establishing how desynchronization of SCN neurons and the associated disruption of sleep stages affect memory consolidation. Her experiments will provide mechanistic insight into how disrupted sleep architecture interferes with memory consolidation. This research is significant for people with abnormal sleeping behavior, such as, truck drivers, and people who work night shifts. She loves sharing her work at local and national conferences throughout the year. This summer she has been selected to conduct research in the University of Valencia in Spain as part of the Minority Health Disparities International Research Program (MHIRT) program. She is eager to start her research that will involve neuronal stem cell neurogenesis. Apart from her studies, her interests include hiking, reading and being outdoors. She is very thankful for the support she has received from LSAMP program.