Ale Villegas is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Cellular Biology at UGA. Ale studies the egress of malaria parasites from red blood cells during their asexual life cycle. At UGA, she is also an advocate for students and diversity in STEM. Outside of lab, she loved going to concerts and 80s/new wave dance parties. During the pandemic, she is enjoying learning and writing about science policy, watching Schitt's Creek on repeat, and getting to know her silly pandemic rescue (Tavi). You can connect with Ale on Twitter @_ale_villegas.