I am a fourth-year PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology, conducting my graduate research in the Molecular Neuro-Otology and Biotechnology Laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear under Dr. Konstantina Stankovic. I currently serve as Professional Development chair and emeritus Cambridge chair of Harvard Graduate Women in Science and Engineering and teaching assistant for Clinical Aspects of Speech and Hearing (SHBT 202/HST.724), a PhD-level course in clinical otolaryngology offered at Harvard Medical School and MIT.

As a graduate student, I have also served as teaching fellow for Profs. Joshua Sanes and Jeff Lichtman at Harvard College in Molecular and Cellular Biology 80 (Neurobiology of Behavior) and worked as Managing Editor for the GSAS student science communication organization Science in the News. Read my most recent public outreach article, "Re-Engineering Cures for the Big Data Age," here!

Outside of research, I have taught a self-designed course on David Foster Wallace as part of MIT ESP and volunteered as a Playspace Activity Leader at Horizons for Homeless Children. I also read and write fiction and nonfiction, and most recently won an award in the international 2017 Lasker Foundation Essay contest. My winning essay was picked up by various media outlets; read it here!

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Research

I am working on my dissertation in the Konstantina Stankovic laboratory at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School. Our lab focuses on generating and testing translational therapies for sensorineural hearing loss.

Writing

In 2017, my essay Let's Get Real: (Re)making Scientists into People was honored by the Lasker Foundation.

In 2016, my literary fiction appeared in Harvard Book Store's most recent microfiction anthology (Microchondria III) and the Harvard graduate student literary magazine. My science writing and editing appears at Science in the News.

Outreach

Along with planning and executing HGWISE activities, I spend time every week volunteering in the greater Boston community as a Playspace Activity Leader at Horizons for Homeless Children. Science is the best kind of play!