What have your been up to since Bowdoin?
After graduation, I began a PhD program in the department of Biostatistics at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. So far I have been involved in research focused on developing statistical methodology for the analysis of genomic and proteomic data related to malaria transmission in Southern and Central Africa. More, specifically I work with lab scientists, epidemiologists and infectious disease specialists at the Southern and Central Africa International Center for Excellence in Malarial Research (ICEMR) on understanding mechanisms of malaria transmission in Zambia and Zimbabwe.
I did not come to Bowdoin with the intention of majoring in math but after multivariate calculus and linear algebra I was convinced that math was the right department for me! It wasn’t until the summer of my junior year while doing research with Professor Taback and Tara Palnitkar '16 that I began to consider graduate school in a math related field as a post-graduation path. I realized that I was particularly interested in applied fields like statistics late in my major but was glad to have taken several theoretical classes like Group Theory and Analysis- they served me very well in my graduate school classes! Being part of a mathematical department in a school of public health is especially great because it allows me to think about theoretical statistical questions arising from datasets and problems that impact the health of communities across the world.