What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?
Few disciplines and jobs allow you the ability to constantly be learning, think critically, improve society, and once in awhile experience a moment where you try or accomplish something that no one has every done before. I knew that pursuing biomedical research would keep me happy and on my toes for the rest of my career.
How is the environment at Sackler helping you achieve your professional goals?
I managed to choose a research lab, topic, and project that requires me to learn and work with microbiologists, immunologists, dental practitioners, and the oral health industry. Sackler, as well as Tufts University and Boston on a more encompassing scale, provides a very collegial, knowledgeable, flexible, and supportive community for pursuing my aims.
What type of positions are you considering after graduation?
I would like to stay in academia to teach and conduct research at the undergraduate level. Small undergraduate institutions allow a professor to teach and advise students who show interest in science and leave open the ability to structure courses and research projects around community (student/faculty/society) interests.
Why did you choose Sackler over other graduate schools?
Sackler has many great attributes; a graduate school campus located in a historic and vibrant city, medical, dental, and veterinary schools available for interschool collaborations, healthy intra and inter-departmental relationships, and knowledgeable and approachable professors. I wanted a graduate school where I knew that I could participate in top-notch research, get advising from prominent members in their fields, and enjoy the next years of my education.
What's your favorite way to relax after classes?
I tend to do my relaxation BEFORE classes and lab work; rowing on the Charles in the morning from 5-7 gives me the chance to see friends, get exercise, and enjoy the environment. If I have anything left at the end of the day, getting a drink with friends around the Common is a nice cap to it all.
What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?
When I’m feeling energetic I can go down to the Charles and row with my rowing club or run the streets of Metro Boston with my running club; the city is full of athletics junkies. But if I want to just sit back and watch someone else do the work, we’ve got 5 or so professional sports teams and all of the college sports teams too
What is your favorite Boston restaurant?
I’m a diner and brunch place person, and Trident Café and Bookstore wins that one. But for dinner, I like the Washington Square Tavern, a well-hidden local tavern with a huge bar and small menu, but all the food is great.