Hello! My name is Emily Jamboretz. I am originally from Boise, Idaho, but moved to Arizona to study molecular and cellular biology at the University of Arizona. I have been working for the past year in Dr. Goodrum’s lab researching human cytomegalovirus, or HCMV. HCMV is a virus which infects nearly everyone, but typically does not cause symptoms. However, it poses a serious health risk to immunocompromised individuals, organ transplant patients, and during pregnancy. My research investigates how HCMV manipulates our cells’ innate immune response and uses it to the virus’s advantage. After graduation, I plan to pursue a career in immunological research. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy trying out new baking recipes and hiking Tucson’s mountains.