Monika is a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Program on Biology (PCB) at University of Michigan. Her thesis work focuses on the consequences of uridine mRNA modifications on translation. She is also part of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Certificate program, where she learns about the intersect of science tech and public policy. Monika also participates in student organizations such as ESPA (Engaging Scientists in Policy and Advocacy) and is part of the PCB Operating Committee. She is passionate about science communication and policy. Her dream job would enable her to work with people from different backgrounds and work together to form better policy around health/biotechnology. She would also love to be active in communicating science to the general public, and breaking down the stigma that science is only for “experts.” In her spare time, she loves hiking, binging TV shows, and learning Japanese.