When Anna-Sophia was 4 years old, she built herself a cardboard rocket ship and was devastated when it wouldn’t fly. Though she hasn’t yet made it to Mars, her interest in space — especially keeping astronauts healthy — drew her to study Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. In addition to working in traditional biochemistry and molecular biology labs during undergrad, she also undertook various projects with NASA and the ISS to develop biological and medical tools for the low-resource environment of space. After 4 years, she graduated cum laude with a BS/MS with distinction, receiving the departmental Sigler Prize for her scholarship and research. She also earned a BA in English Literature with distinction, focusing on postcolonial and trauma theory. Her combined interests in space medicine and post/de-colonial theory led her to the Harvard – MIT MD-PhD program, where she is currently a NIH-funded MSTP student in the Health Sciences and Technology MD track. Anna-Sophia hopes to work on problems of both biology and international health equity, ultimately developing bioengineering-based solutions to medical problems in low-resource environments, both on and off of the planet.
Anna-Sophia has been involved in tutoring since she was a student at her local public high school. At Yale, she served as a peer mentor for students in her department, and she has worked with multiple younger students who are new to biology labs to help them learn essential research skills. Her favorite subjects to teach are introductory biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry, and she especially enjoys helping students tackle the MCAT.
When she’s not in the lab, Anna-Sophia is probably out running, buying too many secondhand books, watering her many potted plants, staring at the stars, or singing to the 6 chords she knows how to play on the guitar.