The first in her family to attend college, Brooke Druliner has strived to make the most of her opportunities. At Rollins College, she participated in undergraduate research, was a leader on the academic honor committee and a Dean’s List student. Following her graduation, she was recruited by the FSU Department of Biological Science to pursue a Ph.D. During her doctoral studies, Druliner led a research program and made a seminal discovery in genome organization alterations in early grade cancer. Her efforts were recognized with several awards, including Best Research Publication, and ultimately led to her recruitment to a highly competitive postdoctoral fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Her research now focuses on molecular features that define the development and progression of young-onset colorectal cancer.