At Suffolk

  • Chemistry major and Mathematics minor
  • American Chemistry Society member
  • Undergraduate capstone thesis: Oxidation of methanesulfinate to methanesulfonate in the presence of catalase and superoxide dismutase.

Since Suffolk

  • Research Assistant, McCarroll Laboratory, Harvard Medical School

What did you choose to study Chemistry?

I chose to study Chemistry because it is an interesting and challenging lens through which to understand the world around us, and I believe a knowledge of chemistry enables the power to affect positive change.

How did your Suffolk experience prepare you for a career after graduation?

Challenging courses like Physical Chemistry prepared me for my job where I am expected to quickly learn complex information, such as the anatomy of the human brain. The laboratory skills I developed in Advanced Biochemistry Lab are very likely what enabled me to land the job I have. I also gained independence and confidence through my undergraduate research and experience presenting my research at both Suffolk and the American Chemical Society (ACS meeting) in San Francisco. The support I had from my research advisor, Dr. Denyce Wicht, and my CHEM 428/429 professor and classmates were invaluable. The strong positive female role models I had in the Chemistry and Biochemistry department have inspired me greatly. I am so proud to be an alumna of the department.

What does a typical day in your job look like?

I am a research assistant at the McCarroll lab at Harvard Medical School. We use Drop-Seq to analyze gene expression in thousands of individual cells. My job allows me to apply chemistry to human topics like neurological disorders. My days consist of making microfluidic devices, loading cells into Drop-Seq, PCR, and RT. We generally do "Drops" in the morning as a team and then do other experiments independently in the afternoon.