Kristin is a Doctoral Student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona (UA) in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. She obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois in Champaign. As a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fellow, Kristin works with Dr. David O. Garcia as her primary mentor under his research program ““Nosotros Comprometidos a Su Salud – Committed to Your Health.” She has served as the lead study coordinator for a beverage intervention examining the effects of green tea/lemonade on cardiometabolic biomarkers for Hispanic adults. She also regularly volunteers for the Banner-UA Diabetes Prevention and Education Center as the lead cooking instructor, building upon her previous experience working at a recreational cooking school in Chicago. Kristin plans to utilize these skills to complete a dissertation project focused on improving diet quality by developing a culturally-sensitive cooking/nutrition intervention for Hispanic women. In her free time, Kristin enjoys hiking, reading in deliciously-aromatic coffee shops, and taking pictures of her two cats, Girl and Weebs.