Beck Shafie is an undergraduate student at UCLA majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biomedical Research. He is an awardee of the Life Science Dean's Neuroscience Research Award who is interested in studying the role of microRNA in gene regulation during brain development using in-vitro models. In the De la Torre-Ubieta lab, he is studying these in vitro models and learning how miRNA is involved in normal neurogenesis and neurodevelopmental disorders. When he is not in lab, he likes to exercise in the gym or go on hikes in Runyon Canyon. He also enjoys exploring new food spots in LA.