Robert Amezquita is a PhD candidate in the Department of Immunobiology in the Kaech and Kleinstein labs, studying the development of immunological responses that provides us protection from infectious disease and cancer. Utilizing computational methodologies to extract the most from modern high throughput sequencing, he focuses on leveraging a genome-wide, systems biology approach to gain new insights into CD8+ T cells, a key player in our immune systems which mediates potent antiviral and antitumour immunity. Robert is a recipient of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Gilliam Fellowship and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. As a data scientist, Robert was a member of the team awarded a Grand Prize at the Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology’s Data Science Marathon for work in predicting acute myocardial infarction patient readmissions. In addition, Robert works to reach out to the broader community, promoting (data) science to younger generations through Yale Splash teaching days, and as a Yale Online Education Innovation grant recipient, crafted a web app to help teach data science through interactive modules. As a graduate of University of California - San Diego’s Bioengineering program, Robert has always been passionate about the translation of science from bench to bedside, harnessing a broad education ranging from fluid dynamics to biomaterials in the hopes of pushing forward tomorrow’s cures.