Prior to her academic career at MIT, Amanda earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering (summa cum laude) and MPhil in Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology from the University of Rochester and University of Cambridge, respectively. Amanda has a strong history of preparing successful fellowship applications, and was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the International Institute of Education Whitaker Fellowship, and the Goldwater Scholarship. Additionally, Amanda is experienced in tailoring technical communication to myriad audiences, from her extensive involvement in the biotech space including through internships at a venture capital firm (Flagship Pioneering), a multi-stage investment company (RA Capital Management), and big pharma (Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research). Amanda earned her PhD in Biological Engineering at MIT under the supervision of Sangeeta Bhatia and Bob Langer. In her thesis research, she focused on the development of artificial “microlivers” as preclinical models and implantable grafts, and was named to the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 Science list for her accomplishments.
Amanda’s teaching experience includes four years as a teaching fellow (developing lectures, workshops, and lab modules across biomedical engineering, chemistry, and thermodynamics) and four years as a communication fellow (specializing in PhD/college/medical admissions counseling, personal statement coaching, and research statement coaching). With Cambridge Coaching, Amanda especially enjoys working with clients on academic writing and communication, as well as on graduate admissions packages. Amanda is especially excited about the mentoring aspect of working with students 1 on 1 on long-term projects and goals.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys hopping on her road bike with friends in search of delicious ice cream and treats.