What first got you interested in your field of choice?
My passion emanates from helping clinicians and patients understand the molecular mechanisms of rare diseases in critically ill pediatric patients. I have both a personal and professional connection to the rare disease community that drive my desire to form part of a team of skilled scientists dedicated to helping provide WGS results and genomic data interpretation. Over the course of my life and my career, I met children living with rare genetic disorders that continue to reinforce my passion for this pursuit.
How did you know that KGI was the right school for you?
Prior to starting the MSGDA program, I had a special interest in learning analysis and interpretation of sequenced data of NGS whole genomes. With six years of combined academic research and clinical lab experience, I was looking forward to pairing my understanding of genetic testing including next-generation sequencing with the most up-to-date genomics and data analytics offered by the MSGDA program.
Not only was the MSGDA program the first program of its kind, at the time, KGI was just one of three schools with a NORD student chapter. As such, KGI was the perfect fit to seek out my academic endeavors and passion for genomics and rare diseases.
Why did you want to become an Admissions Ambassador?
Becoming an Ambassador is my way of demonstrating my gratitude to the people who supported me and mentored me during my time at KGI by continuing to paying it forward. I truly enjoyed working as a Graduate Assistant with the KGI Admissions and outreach teams. One of my favorite activities was Visit Days and connecting with prospective students. I saw it as an opportunity for prospective students to become friends, classmates, mentees, and future colleagues.
What is one fun and interesting fact about you?
There’s no place in the world I love quite as much as I love the ocean. I love going to the beach and it doesn’t matter which part of the world, the time of day, the season, or the weather. The moment my feet feel the sand and I can see the ocean I am filled with joy. If I stand in the place where the sand meets the water as the water washes up and washes away, I am filled with bliss.