Brenda is a 4th year PhD candidate in Biophysics studying the effects of anesthetics and psychedelics on the brain in the Airan lab. She is a first-generation, low-income student from Merced, CA. She majored in biology and psychology at UC Merced. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and live music. She is an avid event manager and has organized large concerts and outdoor festivals for the past 8 years.