Monica graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2012. Interested in pursuing an academic career she moved to Columbus Ohio to participate in the Discovery Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program, and begun working in Courtney DeVries’ laboratory. For graduate school Monica decided to join the Neuroscience Graduate Program at The Ohio State University to continue her ongoing research projects investigating the effects of an omega-3 enriched diet on chemotherapy induced-inflammation and the social influences on the neuroinflammatory response to cerebral ischemia. Throughout her time in graduate school, Monica has presented work from both projects in national conferences and has co-authored six peer-review articles. She will also be submitting two first-author manuscripts on her thesis project. Following graduation, Monica will continue investigating social influences on health at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.