By Ana B. Ibarra and Carmen Heredia Rodriguez

September 18, 2017

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Yuriana Aguilar made headlines last year when she became the first

undocumented immigrant student to earn a Ph.D. from the University of


Now she's in the midst of her postdoctoral fellowship at Rush University in

Chicago, researching ways to help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, a leading

cause of death in the United States.