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Cornell University (Weill) PhD Class of 2026


Immunology, Microbiology


I am currently a Ph.D student at Weill Cornell Medicine, where I research mucosal immunology focusing on the intersection of the microbiota and colorectal cancer. I did my undergraduate degree at Cornell University, majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Microbiology and Infectious Disease. My main extracurriculars in high school that helped with my college applications involved a mixture of community service, science internships, and sports. I was an active member of Key Club and an E-BOARD representative of Red Cross. I was accepted into the Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC which allowed me to conduct scientific research with Museum scientists. Finally, I was part of my High School’s Track and Field team for all four years and was committed to continuing the sport in college. In college, I did research at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and at Weill Cornell Medical College. During my time in undergrad, I had significant experience advising pre-health students, working as teaching assistants for biochemistry courses, and participating on the college admissions committee. In terms of awards, in high school I received the UFT Albert Shanker Scholarship, the APIASF/Hope Foundation Scholarship, and the honor of being a Pinkerton Science Scholar. In college, I was a member of the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, CSTEP program, and the prestigious McNairs Scholars program which prepares students for doctoral studies. In graduate school, I have received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and thus have considerable experience writing grants, personal statements, and statements of purpose.

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