I like that science seeks to create some sense of order and understanding in an otherwise extremely complex world. When I was in elementary school, my mom was a teacher, and she would bring me DIY experiment kits from the local teaching store. I loved these and started envisioning myself as a scientist early on. Now I am interested in cancer genomics, epigenetics, DNA repair, and cancer biology. I am pursuing my PhD so that I will have the freedom to choose between many science-oriented career tracks later in life, whether that is academia, biotech, science policy, and so on. I chose Gerstner Sloan Kettering because of the unique, student-centric structure of the program. I particularly appreciate that in the first year, lab rotations are separated from course work, allowing students the opportunity to delve deeply into each component instead of juggling both.
Robert B. Catell Fellowship (2016-2017)