Ruthly François


  • hometown

    Port-au-Prince, Haiti

  • lives in

    Malden, MA

  • current position

    Post-baccalaureate Researcher,
    MIT and Novartis

Why did you decide to attend Suffolk?

"First I applied because one of my best friends was going there. And then I came to visit, and I talked to one of the mentors, who was also an international student, — he was from Germany. The environment is very international student-friendly and we get all the help we need."

How did you first develop your interest in biology and medicine?

"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 as a doctor is to reach out not only to people who can afford it but also to extend access to people from remote areas. Back home I was interested in medicine but I couldn’t go straight to med school in the U.S. So, biology would give me foundation to do well in medical school."

What do you like the most about your current role?

"How challenging it is. Doing research full-time requires a lot of passion and determination, because things don’t always work out the way they are supposed to. It shows me I really am passionate about what I’m doing and I have the drive to keep pushing."

What are your goals for the future?

"I want to get my MD/PhD and become both a physician and a scientist. I have started to enjoy research, which is why I am doing this program. I should be graduating from this program in June and I am applying to medical schools for fall 2014 or 2015."

With such challenging work, do you have a morning routine to get your day started?

"Last week I just started going to the gym every morning or at least every other day. It’s not easy but I decided I’ve got to start going."

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department, where things really came together for Ruthly.