Kelsey Gallant is a sophomore, biology major at Spelman College from Winston-Salem, NC. Kelsey conducted research as a SHURP fellow at Harvard Medical School under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Chin and Dr. Alex Toker. Her summer research focused on studying mechanisms of resistance in Akt signaling in breast cancer. During her freshman academic year, she conducted research at Morehouse School of Medicine, studying the source of unmappable reads in next-generation sequencing. Kelsey has also conducted research at Duke University where she studied the role of the signaling superfamily, transforming growth factor beta, in pancreatic stellate cells in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Through her past research, Kelsey has found that she is generally interested in the fields of cancer biology, molecular genetics, and bioinformatics. She is additionally very adamant about exposing STEAM to underrepresented minorities, particularly black women, and looks forward to promoting those fields as a founding member and Peer Review Team Leader of Continuum, the Spelman College Undergraduate Research Journal. . Kelsey’s future plans after graduation are to enter a competitive M.D.-Ph.D. program with a Ph.D. in either cell biology or genetics.