Nicole Assumpcao completed her ScM in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 in the lab of Dr. David Sullivan after receiving her BS in Biology and Psychology from Santa Clara University in 2013. She works as a Research Project Coordinator for the ICEMR grant under Laura Chery, managing protocols and IRB forms while trying not to drown in all of the little details that go into operating an international study, and is generally game to work on anything that does not involve a pipet. When she’s not working, she is almost always found somewhere outside on a mountain, and is a self-described “avid hiker, mediocre mountaineer, and terrible trail-runner”. She is also a card-carrying crazy dog lady and semi-obsessive dog mom – don’t ask her about her (step-)dog unless you’re prepared to look at a minimum of 20 pictures. Born in Brazil and raised in Woodinville, WA, Nicole is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and loves to explore and travel in new places whenever her schedule allows.