Kara Sangiuolo

Publicity Team Member

Connecticut, United States of America

I’m from Fairfield, CT, and I’m currently a rising third year at the University of Virginia double majoring in Biology and Global Public Health on a pre-health track. I was immediately attracted to joining The SFDF when I read the first issue of Scleroderma Stories, where the personal stories really resonated with me and made me want to help educate others on the importance of fibrotic disease research. One of my favorite subjects in biology has been Anatomy & Physiology, where I learned in depth about the biological mechanisms behind various common diseases. However, scleroderma was not mentioned in this class or any of my other biology courses, so I feel a strong mission to spread awareness for further understanding to progress toward treatments and a cure. One of my favorite things I am involved in is that I am Program Director of GEMS, (Girls Excited about Math and Science), where I work as a mentor to elementary school girls to bring them exciting scientific projects and to build a support network between the young students and women in STEM at UVA. In my free time, I love to read, draw & paint, swim, and run.