Meagan Montesion


Meagan Montesion
Home Town
Marlborough, MA
Prior Degrees

BA, Biology
College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA

Sackler Program(s)
Thesis Adviser
John Coffin, PhD

What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?

Of all things, I credit this to my childhood friend’s incredibly cute calico cat. In high school we learned how coat color is linked to the X chromosome and therefore almost all calico cats are female. I thought this was the strangest thing and it opened my eyes to the complexity of genetics. From there, I developed a fascination with human health and disease.

How is the environment at Sackler helping you achieve your professional goals?

The faculty and students here are incredibly supportive. It’s really rare to be in a place where everyone is invested in each other’s project and willing and able to do whatever they can to help out and see others succeed.

What type of positions are you considering after graduation?

Although I have always learned more towards industry, I am keeping all options open! As long as I have a job that is both challenging and rewarding.

Why did you choose Sackler over other graduate schools?

I was very impressed by the community at Sackler as well as the resources available. Boston is an amazing place to be for biomedical research and the growth potential here seems unlimited.

What's your favorite way to relax after classes?

Anything outdoors while the weather remains nice! Nothing beats the Boston Commons or the Esplanade in the summertime and there always seems to be a different activity going on.

What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?

I am a huge Boston sports fan and the fan base here is unlike any other. You never have trouble finding someone who is willing to enjoy a night at Fenway or watch the Patriots on Sunday.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

Definitely the Publick House in Brookline. The drink menu is enormous and the mac and cheese is the best.

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