Dr. Natasha Pacheco received her Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Michigan. She then spent 2 years at Baylor College of Medicine as a post-baccalaureate fellow through the Human Genome Sequencing Center’s Pre-Graduate Education and Training Program. Dr. Pacheco earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham under the mentorship of Dr. Michelle Olsen. Dr. Pacheco’s dissertation focused on genome-wide transcriptomic changes associated with postnatal astrocytic development and maturation during both healthy brain development and Rett Syndrome pathogenesis. After graduation, she spent a year and a half at Inova Translational Medicine Institute (ITMI) as a postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Dr. Dale Bodian. During her time at ITMI, Dr. Pacheco studied differences in pharmacogenomic allelic and genotypic frequencies among Northern Virginian Hispanics. In 2020, she joined Dr. Michele Evans’ laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow within the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science. Dr. Pacheco’s current research utilizes multi-omics approaches to understand biological mechanisms contributing to age-associated health disparities in the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity Across the Life Span (https://handls.nih.gov/) study.