Barbara Soares is a PhD student at Columbia University. She can best be described as a cradle Catholic whose faith has been strengthened over the years by science and a lot of reading. She holds degrees in biology, molecular biology, and environmental health sciences. When she isn’t in the laboratory doing research, she reads, prays the rosary, travels, and wears mantillas to mass. She also enjoys teaching, art, Tolkien novels, and tea. You can follow her blog at http://thecatholicsciencegeek.blogspot.com/.