Growing up in Long Island, New York, my interest in science stemmed from a long-held obsession with Agatha Christie novels and crime television. Fascinated by the mysteries that science could uncover, I threw myself wholeheartedly into the incredible research program offered by my high school. While attending Carnegie Mellon University, my interests began to narrow; I sought out research experiences at the interface of biology and chemistry. I came to realize that biology was a predictable, malleable series of reactions in which I, as a chemist, had the power to interfere when those reactions went wrong. During my MPhil in Chemistry, I hope to work towards elucidating some of the molecular mechanisms that allow genetic material to be translated into the many proteins that are needed to sustain life. In doing so, I can develop molecules that prevent dysregulation of protein production, and the diseases that come with it. The ability to break down complicated biological processes into well-controlled experiments will be an invaluable skill as I ultimately lead my own research group in developing therapeutic agents against cancer.