Adriana obtained her BS in Biological Sciences Magna cum laude from Clemson University in 2005, and a PhD in Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology from Emory University in 2013.
During graduate training, Adriana was a member of the Graduate Research Interdisciplinary Team of Scholars (GRITS) Planning Committee, a student-run chartered organization that fosters interdisciplinary discussion across graduate programs.
As a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Louisville from 2013-2016, she participated in quarterly meetings with the Postdoctoral Studies Committee to learn about postdoctoral policies at the university.
Following her interest in academic training, Adriana joined the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) in 2014, where she was Co-vice of the Chair, Policy, Education and Advocacy Writing Team in the Advocacy Committee. She also provided feedback on NPA-led postdoc exit surveys, and co-wrote a proposal building for a publicly-available, opt-in repository of postdoc policies and practices from member institutions.
As a Principal Legislative Analyst with the University of California (UC) Office of Federal Governmental Relations, Adriana is the internship program coordinator for the FGR Legislative Internship Program as part of the UCDC program. The program offers students from across the UC system an opportunity to see firsthand how Congress operates and how UC interacts with the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government.