Although I’ve always liked science and had a natural curiosity about how the world worked, I became more interested in real science when I was in college and took a project laboratory course that involved real research. The idea that I found out something that humanity did not know before was addicting and compelling. My research interests are primarily how the body responds to microbial pathogens and whether modulating this can lead to beneficial outcomes for immune compromised individuals. Becoming a scientist allows me to pursue my academic curiosity while providing useful knowledge to the world. I chose to do a PhD at Gerstner Sloan Kettering because of the small class size, the curriculum, and the proximity to some of the brightest minds in biomedical sciences, both in SKI and in surrounding institutions. And everyone knows everyone, and there is a sense of camaraderie rather than competition. I also love New York City’s closeness to so many great outdoor spaces.