Madeline Vera-Colon is currently a PhD student in the Environmental Toxicology graduate program at the University of California, Riverside. She is a first-generation Mexican-American and college graduate. Her research explores the effects of tobacco on embryonic skeletal development.
She is currently the co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion workgroup for the Society of Birth Defects Research and Prevention. She also participates in several university-wide mentorship programs as a graduate student mentor to both undergraduates and first-year graduate students in similar fields.
She plans on pursuing a research career within the industrial or governmental sector (EPA) with personal enthusiasm of continued mentorship/career guidance for students in historically excluded groups interested in a STEM-related career.