Previous Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology
I grew up in Atlanta and have lived there for the majority of my life. Before entering into the sciences, I was actually an artist, and spent the first half of my twenties as a freelance and full-time animator for a variety of clients and causes. However, during that time, I was also faced with some very discomforting, personal experiences outside of work that made me challenge who I am and what I want to be doing with my life. Eventually, these sprouting curiosities finally got the better of me, and I made a permanent switch into Physics – with naïve but impassioned ambitions to fully understand the underlying fabric of our reality and our existence within it.
Having a well-established imaginative and creative background actually meshed surprisingly well with the skills needed for strong mathematical and physical reasoning, and after three years at the Georgia Institute of Technology, I graduated with highest honors with a degree in Physics. During that time, the ideas and skills that I gained began to couple with my previous experiences (specifically those where I witnessed others suffer through debilitating disease), and with a combination of well-established knowledge and empathy, I adjusted my course for studying Biophysics in graduate school – with specific intent aimed at understanding the complexities of life and the dynamics of cancer.
As a result of my studies, I now feel empowered to draw from a wide pool of knowledge and intertwine different fields and disciplines to solve specific problems. Like any scientist, I hope that in at least some small way, I will be able to push human understanding of these systems just one step further. As for me personally, I love learning new things and sharing my ideas and experiences mutually with others. In my down time, I still enjoy the arts and pondering the inner workings of this reality, and am always open to new adventures with friends both old and new. I’m attracted to knowledge, empathy, wonder, and curiosity, and truly look forward to collaborating with other like-minded individuals during my time here at Columbia.