The Laboratory of Synthetic Immunity welcomes Oliva as a lab tech. Olivia is from Madison, Alabama, and went to school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (go Blazers!). She graduated in April 2016 summa cum laude with a B.S. in molecular biology and a minor in chemistry. As an undergraduate, Olivia worked in Dr. Nicole Riddle’s epigenetics lab where she studied the role of the heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1) family in Drosophila melanogaster. She also worked for a summer internship in Dr. William Dynan’s lab at Emory University where she studied a novel DNA repair factor, called NONO, and its potential function as a biomarker for melanoma cancer. Currently, Olivia is the lab technician and assists the students with their various projects. In her free time, Olivia likes watching Netflix, reading books, and hanging out with friends, especially if they have pets.