Joan grew up in Illinois where she attended the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy for high school. There, she started radiology research at Northwestern University. She has been in love with science and medicine ever since. Joan attended Emory University, where she was an Emory Scholar. She obtained a biology degree, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Throughout high school and college, she conducted projects in eight different scientific laboratories - covering scientific investigations that range from colorectal cancer to medicinal ethnobotany. During college, she also served as Project SHINE’s director, a volunteer organization that aimed to narrow educational disparities in Atlanta. Through this organization, she delighted in connecting over 120 college students with underserved populations in after school tutoring programs. Right after graduating Emory, she matriculated to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she is currently pursuing her MD/PhD.
Joan delights in channeling her passion for learning, teaching, and mentorship through tutoring. In the past six years, she has worked extensively with a diverse range of students. At Emory, she was a foundational biology undergraduate teaching assistant and research course, a second language teaching assistant, and a research course fellow. She has also worked with students as an academic coach to assist with a broad range of skills, from time management to study skills. Joan enjoys working with students, scholars, and pre-meds in achieving excellence in their scholarly and professional pursuits. She helps students strategize MD and MD/PhD applications, as well as working with students in biology and biochemistry.
Outside of the laboratory and classroom, you’ll find Joan running and tending to her many plants.