Dr. Serena McCalla has dedicated her life to the advancement of science and science education. Dr. McCalla was raised in New York City and fell in love with science in elementary school. She earned her Bachelors in Biological Sciences with the intention of becoming an ER physician. However, she quickly realized that she was more inspired by research than medicine. As a result she earned a MS degree in Hematology/Microbiology and a PhD that used diagnostic tests to improve understanding of genetics, photosynthesis, and respiration processes. Dr. McCalla is the Science Research Coordinator for Jericho UFSD and has engineered Jericho High School’s science research program to become the preeminent program on Long Island. She is also the founder of iResearch Science and iResearch Institute, where she shares her motto, “If you dream it, do the work to make the dream a reality,” and her research practices with educators and students.