Milagros Esmerode is a Ph.D. student, in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology Department. In the Gardner Lab she uses cell biology and protein biochemistry to explore how peroxisomes (essential organelles in our cells) form. Before arriving at UCSB, she graduated from SDSU with a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2020, where she participated in undergraduate research studying the symbiosis relationship between marine bacteria and marine tubeworm metamorphosis. Milagros is also a co-representative for the Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee and a member of the Womxn in Science and Engineering (WiSE). In her spare time, she runs her science blog, Rooted in STEM, where women scientists share their stories along with advice and opportunities for every person navigating the STEM world.