Malery Navarro received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her undergraduate term, she worked in the Lakkaraju Lab, where she examined cellular mechanisms that drive vision loss in inherited and age-related macular degenerations. In addition, she went on to work in the Allen Lab, where she analyzed the plant pathogen, Ralstonia solanacearum, colonization of xylem saps in tomato plants. Her interest in identifying the cellular mechanisms that contribute to diseases led her to the Gonsky Lab, studying Inflammatory bowel diseases. Currently, she is involved in helping identify novel Crohn’s disease clinical biomarkers and therapeutics.