Ruthly Francois

Ruthly François '12 at work in the Novartis Institutes lab, where she was a post-baccalaureate scholar from 2012-2014.

Ruthly came to study at Suffolk all the way from Haiti, knowing she would find support in the large international student community here. Her science classes, research projects, and faculty mentors helped launch her career in medical research. Ruthly is passionate about access to healthcare and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control.

At Suffolk

  • Biology Major
  • Mathematics Minor
  • Caribbean Student Network
  • Biology Honor Society

Since Suffolk

  • Post-baccalaureate scholar at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, MA, 2012-2014


  • Graduate student in Global Disease Epidemiology and Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Research assistant in the International Health Department at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Why did you choose to study biology and healthcare?

“Where I am from, access to health is a real issue. I have seen how much of a luxury it is for people. And health care is a human right—it shouldn’t be a luxury. My goal is to reach out not only to people who can afford it, but also to extend access to people from remote areas.”

How did your Suffolk experience prepare you for your career?

“During my senior year, I had the opportunity to work with Suffolk biology professor Celeste Peterson on two research projects. The molecular biology laboratory skills I acquired through these projects have been greatly helpful for my lab work.”

What does a typical day in your job look like?

“A typical day consists of classes and work in a biological laboratory. I am also an intern at the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC, working on different projects related to the cost estimation of immunization programs in developing countries.”