Erin Jennings is a doctoral student in the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences program. She grew up in Smyrna, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville, with her parents and younger sister. She attended King University in Bristol, Tennessee, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology: Cell and Molecular Tract with a minor in Mathematics. Her research interests are inspired by her undergraduate work in an environmental toxicology lab, researching the effects of neurodegeneration due to pesticides in nematodes, and in a kinesiology lab, studying how different compositions of gastrointestinal microbiota affect aging in mice. Erin plans to combine these research areas by exploring the effects of external substances on the gastrointestinal tract and how the gastrointestinal tract affects other body systems. Outside of the lab, she enjoys learning new things that are beyond her comfort zone, spending time with friends and family, and encouraging young girls and women to follow their passions.