Archer 2014-2018 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in molecular and integrative physiology at KU Medical Center. She received a B.S. (2011) in Exercise Science from Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri. As an undergraduate on full scholarship, she participated in research, worked as a Head Anatomy Teaching Assistant in the human cadaver lab, and was the first student in her department to design and teach her own health and exercise course. Upon graduation, Archer received a Fulbright Scholarship to be a cultural ambassador and English teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain. As a Ph.D. student, Archer studies prevention and treatment strategies for obesity and type 2 diabetes. Additionally during her time at KU Med, Archer founded an event series called “Simple Supper for Students” as part of the Food is Medicine club. These events aim to educate future health care professionals about healthy eating. She is also active in the community serving as an interpreter at the free health clinic near campus. Archer hopes to find a way to integrate both her passion of Hispanic culture and science into a future career.
Mentor: Paige C. Geiger, Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, KU Medical Center