Priscila Rodriguez Garcia is a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular Genetics at The Ohio State University (OSU) (read more about her and other graduates students here). She is a trainee in the Cellular and Molecular Biochemical Program at OSU, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and a member of Dr. David Mackey‘s Laboratory at OSU working in plant-pathogen molecular interactions.

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Priscila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, where she continued graduate studies in Biology. Her career as a researcher started under the mentorship of Dr. Martinez Cruzado. As an undergraduate student, she worked on identifying genetic variants that are shared between Puerto Ricans and Canary Islanders in the mitochondrial genome. Afterwards, as a graduate student she developed a new project seeking to identify genetic variants that increase the risk of diabetic nephropathy in Puerto Ricans.

Priscila is interested in science communication and outreach programs. When not in the lab, she enjoys playing video games, watching horror movies, and taking her dog to the park.