Nairita Maitra is a 5th year graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Polymenis. Her research asks the fundamental question of how and when cells decide to divide in the cell cycle. She is currently studying the regulation of lipid synthesizing enzymes under translational control during the cell cycle. With the emerging roles of lipids in several diseases, including obesity, diabetes, and cancer, it is becoming essential to determine how lipid synthesis is regulated in the cell. In 2018, she presented her work in the Yeast Genetics Meeting at Stanford University. Additionally, Nairita is serving as the Vice President of Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) organization at Texas A&M University. She has been instrumental in organizing several workshops and annual conferences which provides resources for the professional and personal development of women graduate students. She also enjoys demonstrating science experiments in outreach programs, including Science Nights, to encourage young kids to pursue STEM education. After graduation, Nairita hopes to work in the biotech industry and also keep advocating for women in the STEM field.