Inspired by his participation in the 2014 "Out to Innovate" Summit for LGBTQ+ science professionals where he learned the importance of bringing one's entire self to the laboratory, Dr. Aaron F. Mertz is proud to co-found PRISM with his colleagues at Rockefeller University. He hopes PRISM can help others identify mentors and role models he has lacked as an openly gay academic scientist. As a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Elaine Fuchs's Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, he is researching crosstalk between biology and mechanics in epidermal growth and differentiation. His goal is to create a new field of in vivo mammalian biophysics at the scale from cells to tissues. He earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Washington University in St. Louis, a master's degree in the history of science from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in physics from Yale University as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Aaron has also advocated for his female colleagues' success and full participation in science by serving as the sole male member on the board and former Vice President of Women in Science at Rockefeller (WISeR).