Lexi Wrist is a second year PhD student from Charlotte, North Carolina. After finishing her Bachelors and Masters in Chemical and Biological Engineering in May 2018 along with a minor in Mandarin Chinese from the University of Alabama, she decided to continue in her education and is currently working on her PhD in the research group of Dr. Ryan Summers where she is studying theophylline sensing synthetic riboswitches. During her undergraduate years at Alabama Lexi was an active member of Theta Tau and was employed as a tutor for student athletes at Alabama. In her free time she enjoys being involved in the Graduate School through GSA as the Executive Vice President and is the Wecome Coordinator for AIChE's young professional committee. She has a passion for art, animals,traveling, and learning about other cultures. Lexi is currently training her own service dog, Hubble. Some academic experiences include participating in emerging scholars, the AMP program, studying abroad twice at Xiamen University in China, and Undergraduate as well as Graduate research.