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Fiorella Grandi

Fiorella Grandi

Fiorella Grandi

Graduate Voice & Influence Program, 2018-19

I am a fifth year graduate student in the Cancer Biology Program at the School of Medicine. I work in the lab of Dr. Nidhi Bhutani, studying the development of the skeletal system and its associated diseases. In particular, I am interested in understanding the changes that can occur to the epigenome, or the set of chemical modifications to DNA that affect which genes are expressed. I study the function of a recently discovered modification, and I am trying to understand its importance in the context of diseases such as cancer. Prior to attending Stanford, I received my bachelor’s degree at Washington State University in Biochemistry and Genetics. My parents were born and raised in Argentina, and later moved to Norway, were I was born. When I was 9-years old, we moved to Idaho, where I grew up. This means a lot of places are “home” for me! Outside of science, I am passionate about teaching — both within academia but also outside of it to increase participation of normally underrepresented groups in science. While at Stanford, I have had the chance to work with a variety of different types of students — from elementary students to incarcerated adults. This variety of experiences continues to fuel my drive to expand equity and access to education, within and outside of STEM. I am also love being outdoors and I enjoy running, hiking, camping and climbing!