Victoria Makuru is currently doing her PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, USA. She received a Biochemistry Bachelor of Arts degree from Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana, USA in 2014. Her research in the laboratory of Dr. Frank Collins and Dr. Neil Lobo is on the bionomics of mosquito vectors and how that relates to malaria transmission dynamics, with the ultimate goal of informing on area specific vector interventions. On secondary education she graduated from St. Francis Girls’ Secondary School - Tanzania in 2007 with dreams of becoming a lawyer. But here she is right now pursuing what she had initially just thought of as an intellectual hobby. Her actual hobbies are reading fiction, writing poetry, and involving herself in STEM outreaches to inspire more youths into science careers.