Zaria Contejean is from Detroit, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Genetics at Michigan State University. She is currently a 2nd year PhD candidate in the Barnes Lab, where she harnesses structural biology, and protein biochemistry tools to address questions regarding Flavivirus replication, and antibody therapies for coronaviruses. Zaria is a recipient of the Ford Fellowship and an instructor at the Stanford Online High School for the Genetics course. She is passionate about mentoring and teaching and enjoys working with students. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and running.