Nina (Minh Tam) Le is a rising third-year graduate student in the Stathopoulos Lab under the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Option. Nina has a specific interest in the regulation of gene expression. Nina obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Most of her undergraduate research has been under the mentorship of Dr. William Gelbart studying the biophysical mechanisms of virus assembly. This experience ignited her scientific interests, leading her to become interested in gene regulation as she began graduate school. Consequently, she joined the laboratory of Angela Stathopoulos with a specific focus on elucidating the mechanisms of cis-regulatory modules (CRMs) in driving gene expression. Specifically, she's interested in the mechanism behind the locus Brinker which has the ability to autoregulate its CRM to allow for sequential and temporal gene expression over developmental time. Outside of the lab, Nina enjoys baking, cooking, and swing dancing.