Edward Vizcarra (he/him) is a postdoctoral scholar working under the guidance of Dr. Olivia Martinez. His research focuses on characterizing the immune response to Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) in pediatric transplant patients. Specifically, he will compare EBV-seropositive patient samples with high vs controlled viral load, with an emphasis on understanding the EBV-specific T cell repertoire. He holds a BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC, San Diego, and a PhD in Biomedical Science from UC, Riverside. While at UCR, he spearheaded several community service projects such as food/ toy drives, campus tours for the local youth center, a speaker series highlighting the experiences of first-generation graduate students navigating higher education, and a podcast called “Welcome to Grad School”, in efforts to help undergraduates and the grad-curious understand what graduate school is like. In his spare time, you can find him either with family or out in nature.