Tania was born in Hamburg, Germany to two Cameroonian parents and moved to the Boston area at the age of seven. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. As an undergraduate, Tania conducted research in cancer biology on areas ranging from metastatic melanoma to pancreatic cancer. Outside of the lab, she was actively involved in the Society of Black Scientists and Engineers, volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital, and planned a widely attended inaugural health disparities conference on campus. After graduating, Tania flew across the pond to study at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She completed a Master’s degree in Medical Anthropology last fall and is currently finishing up a second Master’s degree in Oncology. Now, Tania is a MD-PhD candidate at Stanford School of Medicine, where she has been awarded the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.
Both during and after college, Tania has spent a great deal of time cultivating her love for teaching and mentorship. As an undergraduate, she served as a peer study leader for an introductory biology and chemistry course and for Harvard’s largest organic chemistry course, for which she received a Distinction in Teaching Award. Outside of her official teaching positions, she also spent her four years at Harvard as a one-on-one peer tutor, helping students in biology, chemistry, and statistics classes. After graduating, Tania spent a summer working as a K-12 science teacher for BioBus, a nonprofit in New York that brings science education to underserved students. In addition to teaching and tutoring, Tania has also mentored and supported countless students in studying for standardized tests like the MCAT and SAT (having received 99th percentile scores on both), as well as in applying for colleges, medical schools, and prestigious scholarships. As a teacher, Tania works hard to develop strategies for academic advancement to fit the needs of each unique student.
When not in the classroom or the lab, you can find Tania playing basketball (most recently with the Oxford Women’s team), baking for family and friends, running (slowly), reading, and singing along to an eclectic collection of music.