Kathia Antillon a 2020 - 2024 fellow, graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona with a B.S. in Chemistry (ACS Certified), a B.A. in Spanish Literature, and a minor in Psychology. During her undergrad, she joined a Latina-founded, academics- and service-based sorority, Kappa Delta Chi, and completed undergraduate research in peptide therapeutics targeting the melanocortin receptors. Kathia's undergraduate research was where she first fell in love with making chemical compounds that could be applied to biological systems. Her current research in the Medicinal Chemistry Department focuses on making derivatives of sialic acid sugars on cell surfaces to modulate cellular metabolism and signaling to the immune system. Kathia's ultimate goal is to help people and improve their lives through science. She hopes to do this by entering the world of academia and continuing to pursue research in the field of chemical biology, as well as mentoring the next generation of scientists, with a special focus on underrepresented students of color.