Alicia is a first year PhD student in the Infectious Diseases interdisciplinary graduate education program at Virginia Tech (VT). She has completed both of her bachelor's and master's degrees in the Animal and Poultry Sciences department here at VT as well. Along with her master's degree, Alicia has completed a graduate certificate in Applied Statistics. In the gap year between completing her MS and starting her PhD, she worked with the Statistical Applications and Innovations Group (SAIG) on the Blacksburg campus where she developed applied statistics and communications skills. For her outstading work in this role, she received the 'Volunteer of the Year Award'. Most of her statistical experience has come from fitting linear and generalized linear mixed models in R and SAS, as well as in data visualization and communication of statistical analyses. Alicia also possesses strong subject matter knowledge in the areas of animal physiology and domestic animal husbandry. She has experience working with variety of interdisciplinary projects where she has served as an adaptable member of collaborative teams.