Yenni A. Garcia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from The University of Texas at El Paso in 2010. In 2010, she joined the doctoral program in Pathobiology at The University of Texas at El Paso, and in 2016, she expects to obtain her Ph.D.
Ms. Garcia was the recipient of numerous honors and awards including The University of Texas at El Paso Graduate School Dodson Research and Travel Awards. She was also a recipient of travel awards for national STEM Conferences where she communicated her work. She participated in the Paso del Norte Venture Competition and Expo in El Paso, TX where her team was awarded second place.
While pursuing her degree, Ms. Garcia worked as a research and teaching assistant for the Department of Biological Sciences. She is a shared first-author in The Journal of Biological Chemistry and has numerous co-authorships including publication in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She was in the organizing committee of the 1st Annual Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery Symposium held at UTEP. She has also been involved with her community where she has given talks to middle and high school students to inform them about scientific career opportunities.
Ms. Garcia's dissertation entitled, "Label-Free Quantitative Proteomics Reveals a Novel SGTA/Peroxiredoxin I Complex that Regulate Androgen Receptor Activity," was supervised by Dr. Marc B. Cox. Ms. Garcia has been offered a postdoctoral position at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with Dr. Brian Freeman.
Thanks to a Travel Grant she received from The Graduate School in January, Ms. Garcia was able to attend the 21st Annual Midwest Stress Response and Molecular Chaperone Meeting held at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Through this meeting, she had the opportunity to network with leaders in the stress response field. In her poster presentation, she gained insightful questions and discussions as to what approaches she could implement on her dissertation project. She also had the opportunity to interact with well-known researchers and ask about postdoctoral positions. Fortunately, she was offered a position at The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where the study would be on how molecular chaperones play a role in chromatin development and transcription processes. Through the UTEP Graduate School Travel Grant, she was able to make these connections possible and further expanded her scientific network as well as her communication skills.
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