Adriana Lopez, Oakes Scientist Program

Adriana Lopez


I grew in Bakersfield, CA; I grew up not knowing what college was until the middle of high school. I was encouraged to apply to universities and was admitted. Unfortunately, searching for scholarships was foreign to me. Apart from financial and cultural barriers, I was not mentally ready to move from home. Therefore, I attended Bakersfield Community College for 1.5 years and then transferred to the University of California, Merced. It was there that I discovered my passion for research and mentorship. After being admitted to a few research programs, I immediately decided to apply to graduate school. Currently, I am a Ph.D. graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My long-term career goal is to find an opportunity where I can be a mentor, manage and continue to conduct research.

I really like taking walks to the beach, hiking, cooking, research and mentoring.

Please feel free to send me an email for any questions you may have, wanting to grab coffee, need advice on careers, or would like to learn more about research. Please contact me for any suggestion. or