I was born and raised in Tangancicuaro, a small town in southwest Mexico. In 2010, at 17 years old, I moved to the U.S. to pursue a college education. I began attending community college and after learning English, transferred to UC Davis where I found my passion for food safety. After obtaining my B.S. in Biological Science, I attended Virginia Tech where my master’s project focused on investigating the prevalence, persistence, and diversity of Listeria in produce packing houses. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in Dr. Linda Harris’ Lab at UC Davis. My research aims to understand cross-contamination routes, transfer rates, and genetic differences of foodborne pathogens causing safety problems in the tree nut industry.