I received my undergraduate education from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2004. Then, I pursued doctoral research in the Botstein laboratory at Princeton University, aiming to understand how cells coordinate their growth, gene expression, and metabolism. We discovered a simple mechanism that can account for the growth-rate dependent transcriptional responses across a wide range of growth conditions and growth rates. Then, I began a postdoctoral project in the van Oudenaarden laboratory at MIT, aiming to understand the Warburg effect, a hallmark of cancer cells characterized by the fermentation of glucose in the presence of enough oxygen to support respiration. This work demonstrated that aerobic glycolysis can reduce the energy demands associated with respiratory metabolism and stress survival and that, contrary to expectations and decades-long assumptions, exponential growth at a constant rate can represent not a single metabolic/physiological state but a continuum of changing states characterized by different metabolic fluxes. Following a lead from these experiments, we obtained direct evidence for differential stoichiometry among core ribosomal proteins in unperturbed wild-type cells. Our findings support the existence of ribosomes with distinct protein composition and physiological function that represent an explored layer of regulating gene expression. The Slavov laboratory has developed multiplexed methods for single-cell proteomics by mass-spectrometry and used them to investigate macrophage polarization, stem cell differentiation and the cell division cycle.