Kayla Jackson is a junior Mathematics major at Spelman College. During the academic year, Kayla conducts research at Morehouse School of Medicine under the mentorship of Dr. Gale Newman. Her research is a continuation of a project that she began in the summer that seeks to identify proteomic biomarkers for myocardial infarctions. Kayla has had the opportunity to present her research at two conferences, The Eighth Annual National Conference on Health Disparities and the at the 2014 national ABRCMS meeting, where she won a presentation award in the section of physiology. From her various course work and research experiences, she has found that her research interests lie in a broad range of microbiology and cellular biology topics. She also hopes to explore the intersection between biology and mathematics in the field of bioinformatics. Upon graduation from Spelman College, Kayla plans to enter a competitive Ph.D. program in either cellular biology or bioinformatics. Her ultimate goal is to enter a lab in government or industry that works on health disparities amongst minority communities. She also hopes to spend time promoting participation in STEM fields in minority communities.