Maya grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, NY, where she developed a passion for chicken wings and rooting for the underdogs (go Bills!). She traded upstate New York for the Big Apple in 2016, attending Columbia University as an II Rabi Scholar. There, she was awarded the national STEM Goldwater Scholarship, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with dual degrees in Biology and Computer Science (intelligent systems track). During college, her experiences with clinical service and computational genomics research ultimately led her to apply to MD-PhD programs, and she began her first year at the Harvard/MIT MD-PhD program (Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology MD track) in 2020.
Maya loves teaching and has been tutoring for over 6 years now. She has worked with students with their college and high school coursework and in preparation for MD and MD-PhD applications. In addition, Maya was an active TA as an undergraduate, serving as an Introductory Biology TA (2018 – 2020) and an Introductory Statistics TA (2019 – 2020). In both positions, she received average evaluative scores of over 4.8/5.0, with comments on her passion for helping each student reach their academic and personal goals. Maya is also a dedicated mentor, starting Columbia’s first STEM peer mentorship program, serving as a Near-Peer mentor for Columbia’s Undergraduate Research & Fellowship Office, and even hosting a YouTube channel JourneyToTheDoubleDoc for prospective MD-PhD students.
Beyond academics, Maya loves to run and swim (slowly), as well as play ukulele, volunteer with organizations like BestBuddies and BostonCares, and hang out with her cat. She is spending a lot of time getting to know Boston and making memories out of the times she inevitably gets lost along the way!