What first got you interested in your field of choice?
I had been interested in the life sciences since high school with the intent, like many students in the field, to eventually become a medical professional. However, life is rarely a straight line, and I pivoted my goals in undergrad toward the biopharma industry after conducting my senior thesis research at KGI’s first spin-off company called Ionian Technologies. Even though the work was mostly science-based, the start-up nature of the company also allowed me to learn about the business side.
What type of obstacles have you had to overcome on the road to getting your education?
As an undergraduate pursuing a life sciences degree, I was told and also believed myself the only real careers I could pursue was limited to medicine or science research and had pursued both paths at different points of my life. However, I was fortunate that my time at Ionian Technologies and, by extension, early exposure to KGI enabled me to pivot my career goals.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
Unlike other “biotech” graduate schools that share resources amongst multiple programs, KGI was and continues to be the only graduate school with the philosophy and goal of dedicating all its resources toward educating future applied life sciences professionals.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
Attending KGI’s MBS program was a pivotal time for my nascent business career in the life sciences, and I want to ensure that prospective students fully understand the success they can potentially achieve with the tools and learnings from such a unique program. In addition to being an Admissions Ambassador, I also give back to KGI as a founding member of their original Alumni Board and as a current member of their Advisory Council and Corporate Relations Board.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
I have lived in five countries in three continents and speak four languages (not including fictitious ones I somewhat learned running Dungeons and Dragons campaigns).