Alanna was born in Maryland and grew up in Iowa and Texas, before attending Agnes Scott College in Georgia. She entered college planning to study anthropology, until she was lucky enough to enroll in a molecular biology class freshman year. She was hooked, and went on to get a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry in 2011. One of her favorite things about research is the way conversations in the lab can foster creative thought and new ideas. Her projects in the lab involve looking at HIP1 phosphorylation by PDGFR and other receptor tyrosine kinases and some aspects of BCR/ABL activity.