Catherine Vasquez

University Fellows Cohort Member, 2021-2022
PhD Student, Cellular and Molecular Medicine
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Catherine Vasquez is a doctoral student in Cellular and Molecular Medicine. Born in Sonora, Mexico she migrated to the U.S. when she was eight years old. She attended the University of Arizona where she earned her bachelor's degree in Physiological Sciences with minors in Spanish and Japanese. She is a first-generation college student and the first in her family to attend graduate school. She hopes to help other first-generation college students find their career path and increase diversity in STEM and academia.  Her research interests include how point mutations in sarcomeric proteins result in complex symptomatic cardiomyopathy and the role of chemotherapeutic agents in cardiotoxicity. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, learning new languages, and reading manga.