Kristina Solorio

4th Year, Molecular Biology

I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California after my family moved there from Mexico. I was raised to always prioritize my education above anything else since my father did not have the opportunity to attend high school. I received my B.S in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2016, and I am now a 4th year PhD candidate in the Molecular Biology department where I study structural biology via X-ray crystallography. My journey has made me realize the importance of mentorship and I am determined to help create a supportive and inclusive environment for the other underrepresented graduate students here at Princeton University.

Since I am the first person in my family to pursue a PhD, I relied heavily on guidance and mentorship from others with similar backgrounds in the field.