School: School of Engineering
Degree: Master of Science in Computer Science
Home: Wherever I can feel a sense of peace
I’m mainly involved in computational biology research—applying computational tools, methods, and algorithms to fields like medicine, genetics, and molecular biology. I came to that in a somewhat roundabout way. My bachelor’s degree is in biology, and I’d been working in a job that required data management. That job inspired me to pursue a career in computer science—but I knew I also wanted to come back to biology in some way. At Tufts, I figured out how to put the two fields together.
Early on at Tufts, I learned that you can do whatever you want here if you can find the right person to ask for help. I had no computer science experience when I got here. I hadn’t taken a math class in six years. I did a lot of things that were outside my comfort zone at the beginning, but I kept asking for guidance, and I wound up finding the right career path for me. That showed me how important it is to ask for help—and to do what scares me.
Found a field that I’m passionate about.
This fall, I’ll be heading to Johns Hopkins, where I’ll start a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. I’m not sure what will come after the Ph.D.—and I’m happy about that. Not being sure about exactly where I was going is what led me to computational biology and to research at Tufts. So I’m leaving myself open to possibilities.