Natalia Barrera (BME at GT) and Leonardo Claure (Biology at Emory) have been actively contributing to our lab since Fall 2020. If you want to know more about their interests and paths, check out these short interviews:
Natalia, what drove you to the Quiroz Lab?
During my freshman year at Georgia Tech, I was very fortunate to meet upper classmates that took part in undergrad research. I saw their enthusiasm and passion for learning and problem solving and it made me excited to reach out to professors and find my interest within biomedical engineering. I found Dr. Quiroz’s website and I quickly saw that his lab was a great place where I could learn about the field of protein engineering and the self-assembly nature of biological systems. The Quiroz lab also fosters teamwork and respect as well as creative thinking, qualities that made me eager to join the team.
What drove you to the lab, Leonardo?
After experiencing the lab sections of my Introduction to Biology and Chemistry classes I was eager to find a lab where I could apply my knowledge and curiosity to tackle challenging questions. When I found Dr. Quiroz’s lab I immediately knew that I would be in an environment where I would feel comfortable contributing and expressing myself.
Natalia, when you are not studying or doing research, what do you like to do?
During the pandemic, I started to like video games because I was able to have a great time with friends while we were apart. I also love watching movies, tv shows, and travel blogs.
Leonardo, how about you?
In my free time I enjoy being active and playing basketball with my friends. I also enjoy going on walks on trails near campus. Recently, I began to practice yoga and meditation on the weekends.