Driven by a keen interest in pharmacology, Miguel Pacheco came from Rockwall, Texas to study Biochemistry at the University of Arizona in August 2014. He currently works in the Vaillancourt Lab in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, where he studies the HER2 signaling pathway in human breast cancer to improve our understanding of the mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis. In addition to research, Miguel represents the College of Science as a senator in the Associated Students of the University of Arizona, where he has secured funding from student government for both the MCB Department and the Undergraduate Biology Research Program. In his free time, Miguel enjoys hiking, concerts, and volunteering for the Pima County Democratic Party. In May 2018, Miguel will graduate with a B.S. in Biochemistry, and will pursue a Ph.D in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.