Lydia Pazienza is a first year Chemistry and Chemical Biology Ph.D. candidate and NSF fellow. Her main interests are in chemical evolution and the origin of life. Prior to Harvard, she graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and in Biochemistry with Honors. Her research was in protein folding, but upon exposure to RNA dynamics became interested in her current field. Her most notable extracurricular involved setting up an undergraduate research symposium. In addition to her scientific interests, Lydia is involved in sexual assault advocacy. After obtaining her Ph.D., Lydia hopes to remain in academia as a professor and PI, and continue advocating for other women.