Laura Huning is finishing up her 5th year as a doctoral student working under Dr. Gary Kunkel. She is studying the transcriptional activation of eukaryotic genes by a transcriptional activator protein, Zinc Finger Protein 143. When not in lab or in the fish rooms, Laura is teaching biochemistry laboratory techniques as a lab teaching assistant. In 2018, Laura won the Biochemistry Graduate Student Association (BGA) Teaching Assistant Award. Laura is passionate about science policy and has met with several congressmen in Washington DC to discuss funding for education and graduate research. Additionally, Laura serves as the social media chair for Aggies in Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy (A-STEP). Laura’s hobbies outside of research include running, biking, and swimming. In April, Laura participated in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Upon finishing her Ph.D., Laura plans to continue on in research as a postdoc.