Mikayla Moody (they/she) is a Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. candidate at the UConn Health. They obtained their B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University in 2018. Their current research/career interests are in biomaterials, science policy, and science communication. Mikayla is currently researching the effects of acidosis on the skeletal system. Their current project is developing an explant model using mice femurs in order to determine how acidic media affects cellular and physiochemical bone dissolution. Outside of the lab, Mikayla likes to watch TV, travel, hike, and cuddle with their cat. They have been fortunate to be able to travel around the United States as well as to Australia, Portugal, and Venezuela.