I’m a data scientist at Biobot Analytics, a startup transforming sewers into public health observatories. As their first full-time data scientist, I lead our analytics and visualization efforts, and ensure customer success by communicating the value of our data to our customers. Before joining Biobot, I received my PhD from the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. I worked in Eric Alm’s lab, studying the relationship between the human microbiome and health and disease.

More broadly, I’m interested in applying personalized medicine approaches for public health. I’m also passionate about making local impact to move our society toward a more just ideal. That means learning about and working for increased diversity and equity in STEM and technical approaches for social good.

During my PhD, I was an active leader in my department and at MIT, advocating for graduate students through diversity, equity and inclusion efforts and as a trained conflict coach for my peers. I’m especially proud of having co-started the BE Application Assistance Program and co-written the BE Department’s Community Values Statement. Through my training to become a BE REF, I learned conflict management skills that have positively impacted almost every aspect of my life.

When I’m not doing those things, I’m probably outside chasing after a frisbee. Through my involvement in the sport first in Cambodia and now on MIT’s women’s team, I’ve become passionate about sport’s ability to drive social change and push gender equity forward.

Before moving to Boston, I lived for a year in Cambodia working for Engineering World Health as a Luce Scholar. Before that, I studied biomedical engineering at Columbia University.