Tenaya K. Vallery is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale University under Dr. Joan A. Steitz. She graduated Mount Holyoke College in 2010 with a B.A. in biochemistry and applies her understanding of RNA and microscopy to ask research questions regarding RNA. Currently her research focuses on the regulation of both host and viral gene expression by the Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), shedding light onto spatial and temporal activities of viral transcripts, including messenger and noncoding RNAs, during the lytic phase. Tenaya plans to pursue a career in STEM education after her Ph.D.