Jose Lopez is a junior at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) studying biology. He is originally from Guanajuato Mexico and was brought to the United States at the age of five. He comes from a very humble family, and has lived all over Iowa attending more than 9 schools. He has always been fascinated by Biology and curious about everything. He was initially inspired by a High School science teacher to become a teacher, but has since decided to become a biologist. Jose had done IINSPIRE LSAMP-funded undergraduate research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at UNI. His research project involved the Analysis of Ipomoea (morning glory) Margin, with faculty mentor, Dr. Julie Kang. His current goal is to become a professor and conduct his own research.