Denisse is finishing her last year at UC Berkeley where she is double majoring in Sociology and Integrative Biology. She has a 3.6 GPA and was recently placed on the Dean's Honor List. Robert Fischer, professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, rates Denisse among the top 5% of UC Berkeley undergraduates in the Biological Sciences. Denisse currently works in Professor Fischer's lab, where she researches epigenetic processes in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Because plants and humans share common epigenetic mechanisms, her research will have an impact on human health research. She is active in the Biology Scholars Program and is a mentor to high school students through UC Berkeley's Prepare to Achieve a College Education (P.A.C.E.). She intends to pursue a career in medicine and education.