What did you study at NYU, and what do you do today?
I earned my doctorate in systems and computational biomedicine from NYU in 2018. Today, I am a Data Scientist in the Oncology Data Science group at Novartis Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA. I focus on developing a new generation of drugs by exploiting the transcriptional vulnerabilities of cancer cells. I also serve as the president of the NYU Graduate School of Arts & Science Doctoral Alumni Association (DAA).
Tell us a fun fact about you.
I hold embarrassingly many master's degrees: four master's in science and an online master's in business administration (MBA).
What are three words that define NYU for you?
The first word that comes to mind when I think about NYU is "global." NYU is a truly global university with sites on multiple continents. NYU is also "inclusive": it admits a high percentage of international students and first-generation college students. Last but not least, NYU is "forward-thinking." It has evolved into one of the country's leading universities, not only in the arts but also in science and technology.
Share your most memorable moments from NYU.
I spent countless fun hours discussing with classmates and friends during lunch. Another memorable moment was the graduation ceremony when family and friends visited the city. Despite the torrential rain, it was a great couple of days.
What is your favorite place on campus?
I spent most of my PhD time around the Langone Medical Center. However, my favorite place is the downtown campus and, more specifically, Washington Square Park and various venues in Greenwich Village. It offers terrific café options, delicious food, and excellent entertainment venues.
What was your favorite class at NYU? If you could take one more NYU class today, what would it be?
The "Applied Genomics: Introduction to Bioinformatics (BIOL-GA-1130)" class was hands-on and tons of fun! I still apply what I learned during that class. It was also at the main campus, a great excuse to visit my favorite Washington Square Park. If I were a student at NYU today, I would take more data science classes. In fact, I had the opportunity to take one more NYU class during the pandemic on "SQL Programming Language." SQL is commonly used to query relational databases.
If you could give one piece of advice to NYU's graduating students, what would it be?
If I could give a piece of advice to NYU's graduating students, I would tell them to follow their passions, dream big, and allow nothing to hold them back. Only if we truly love what we do will we excel at it.