Valeria is an international student from Colombia. She completed two B.Sc, degrees, including biological engineering at the National University of Colombia and biology at the University of Antioquia in Colombia. After completing her two bachelor degrees, she was awarded the Santander scholarship to a master’s degree in biomedical research at the University of Valladolid in Spain. After that, she got a Fulbright scholarship for her Ph. D. at the Iowa State University where she is currently finishing her third year in the Interdepartmental Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program. Valeria is housed in the Plant Pathology and Microbiology Department where she is working under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Wise. Her research focuses on the characterization of master immune-active protein modules of barley-powdery mildew pathosystem.