Begona Alvarez-Gonzalez received her BS and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain. After working in the aeronautical industry and eager to apply engineering methods to biological systems, she went to UCSD to earn her PhD in the field of bioengineering, working with Professors del Alamo and Lasheras in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and Professor Firtel in the Division of Biological Sciences. Her research elucidates the relationship between the mechanics and biochemistry involved in cell migration, characterizing the interaction of cells and their extracellular environment. Outside the lab, she nurtures scientific interest in young kids from different socio-economical backgrounds by participating in the Nifty Fifty Program, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, and the Salk Mobile Lab. In addition, she is a co-founder and principal member of UCSD’s MAE Graduate Women’s Group. Begona’s future goal is to establish a Bioengineering Research Center in her home country, Spain, and to become a university professor, thereby continuing her dedication to research and to training new generations of scientists.