My name is Brittney Allen and I am a fourth year BSc student completing an honours in Biology with a minor in Health Studies. My interest in research began in secondary school where I competed in three national science fairs with research projects focused on preventative treatments for plant cell death caused by biotic and abiotic stress. As a member of Team Canada with Youth Science Canada, I had the opportunity to present my research as a member of the Youth Science Team Canada contingent at the international MILSET Science expo held in Bratislava Slovakia. I have recently completed Experiential Learning (BIOL 3800) in the Gunawardena lab and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to complete my honours research in this lab where I will continue to learn about programmed cell death and have the opportunity to develop advanced research skills. Prior to completing Experiential Learning, I volunteered in the Gunawardena lab beginning my second year of undergraduate studies. For the past fourteen years I have been a competitive dancer, competing and training nationally and internationally. I am currently a member of DalDance and I have danced competitively with the Dalhousie Black and Gold dance team. I also volunteer at the IWK and in the future, I plan to pursue a career in medicine.