Valeria Velez Galiano received her B.S. degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo. As an undergraduate student, she gained strong interest in cancer research through research internship positions at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center and University of Maryland School of Pharmacy. This led her to join the team of Dr. Daniel Larson as a postbac student, where she is investigating splicing factor mutations that alter translation regulation in myelodysplastic syndrome stem cells. Outside the lab, Valeria enjoys spending time with family and eating good food.