Ever since Ali was young, she has been drawn to the world of science and medicine. She graduated from Boston College cum laude as part of the Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program with a major in Biology and a minor in Medical Humanities. Following her undergraduate studies, Ali worked for two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital in the Institute of Neurodegenerative Research studying Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Huntington’s Disease. She is now pursuing a career in those fields as a first year MD/PhD student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Her PhD is in neuroscience with a special interest in neurodevelopment, and she is hoping to merge this research interest with a clinical career focused on neurodevelopmental disorders.
Ali’s experience in teaching spans both her undergraduate and post-baccalaureate timeline. As a teaching assistant for the undergraduate Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology courses at Boston College, she taught complex biological concepts to individual students in her weekly office hours. Additionally, she has mentored numerous students through her six years of bench research and has assumed a major teaching role as a leader in her lab. One of Ali’s favorite experiences is condensing complex biological or biochemical concepts into a framework that students can understand. She thinks the beauty and magnificence of science comes from true understanding of its application and this drives her teaching.
When Ali has free time you can find her running through Central Park, baking for her friends, or planning the next trip she wants to take.