Adrian Arrieta graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s of Science in Molecular Toxicology in 2011. It was in a senior genetics and genomics class at UC Berkeley that his desire to study the molecular mechanisms of disease grew, leading to the pursuit of his M.S. and PhD in Molecular Biology at San Diego State University. Under the tutelage of molecular cardiologist Dr. Christopher Glembotski, Adrian studied how reductive stress contributes to protein misfolding in the endoplasmic reticulum of cardiac myocytes during ischemia/reperfusion injury. As a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Vondriska’s lab, his work focuses on how turnover of histones, which make up the functional and organizational unit of chromatin, is altered during disease progression in the heart. When not in the lab, Adrian enjoys cooking, capoeira, running, and a healthy dose of video games.