What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?
Growing up, I was blessed to be raised by parents who placed a huge importance on education. In addition, I always wanted to pursue a career in medicine as I deeply admired its emphasis on service towards others. However, it wasn't until I met three important mentors in my life (my high school AP chemistry teacher, Dr. Rumack, and my undergraduate PI's, Suzanne Paradis and Jason Pontrello at Brandeis) who recognized my talents and encouraged me to pursue research that I decided to apply for the MD-PhD track. I couldn't be happier with my decision!
How is the environment at GSBS helping you achieve your professional goals?
The GSBS facilities, (in particular the 5th floor Immunology labs in the Jaharis building where I work), are filled with incredibly smart and friendly students and faculty who I know will one day become valuable life-long connections and colleagues in my career.
What type of positions are you considering after graduation?
Ideally after I finish my MD-PhD training, I hope to matriculate to a competitive Internal Medicine residency around the Boston or New York area. From there, I wish to continue my research training with an academic post-doctoral fellowship so I can utilize my basic science knowledge to further mankind's understanding of disease processes and pursue potential therapeutic interventions.
Why did you choose GSBS over other graduate schools?
Boston is considered by many to be a central hub of biotechnology and biomedical sciences, so I was strongly attracted to GSBS because of the possibility of forming valuable networking connections with the colleagues from Tufts and other institutions who I would invariably encounter during my training here.
What's your favorite way to relax after classes?
The gym facilities in the basement of the Tufts Medical Education Center are state of the art and available to GSBS students. Aerobic exercise and stretching do wonders for me!
What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?
In addition to being a center for biomedical research, I love Boston because it's a clean and beautiful city. I'm extremely fortunate to have some friends from my college and high school days around the area, so I'm happy that Boston is always a wonderful place to explore.
What is your favorite Boston restaurant?
My all time favorite eateries are Russell House Tavern and Mr. Bartley's Gourmet Burger restaurant, both not too far from Harvard Square.