Hi everyone! My name is Zhayle Piurque and I am a student at UC Irvine majoring in Human Biology, also pursuing a minor in Medical Humanities. Throughout my life I’ve been interested in the brain and its functions, especially because I’ve known several people who have been impacted by various neurodegenerative diseases. When I joined the Beier lab, I was excited to contribute to some of the most fascinating and important research currently being done. I also looked forward to gaining more knowledge in neuroscience and having the opportunity to do hands-on research. In the future, I aspire to go to medical school and become a physician. Outside of school and lab work, I enjoy watching movies, reading, baking, drawing, and running my online sticker shop.