My name's Erica. I grew up in SF, went to college in New York where I managed to snag a B.A. in Psychology plus a teaching degree, neither of which I am currently making any use of. I've decided that while I love working with kids, I am just too damn frustrated with California's educational system slash budget cuts slash lack of entry-level jobs, and so I've decided to pursue a career in science instead. I'm starting a paid internship in the fall at Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute where I will be working with neural stem cells and hopefully finding out how they, along with many other factors that I am still learning about, play a role in brain tumor growth.
I like music a lot, both creating it and listening to it; I play piano and a little guitar and I enjoy singing. I'm in an all-female barbershop-style a cappella chorus, in which I sing baritone. I like to go to concerts and random events around the city. I like the outdoors and try to spend as much time enjoying it as possible, generally by going hiking, running, biking or camping. I really like gardening and I have a plot in a community garden that I tend to as often as I can, but I am excited to do some container gardening on the private patio outside my room that I just moved into.
Also I have recently taken up home brewing. It combines my love for science with my love for beer.