Kimberly Escobar Alvarado is a Kansas City local who joined the lab in August 2020. She attended Avila University where she majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. There she took on a research project focused on understanding Salmonella biofilms and antimicrobial resistance which fortified her decision to expand on her scientific curiosity in grad school. Open to the field of biology, she then joined the KUMC IGPBS Graduate Program where she rotated in the Zeitlinger lab. Rotating during the start of the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a computational-heavy project focused on using deep learning to better understand the role of repression in the DV patterning regulatory system. This unusual, yet intriguing, introduction to the exciting world of genomics and developmental biology left her eager to continue moving forward with her project in the lab. When not in the lab Kim enjoys going on long walks with her dogs, cuddling with her cat, spending time with her family, dancing, and yoga.