I was born in Ramat Gan, Israel, and moved to North Carolina, USA in 2007. In high school I studied cello at UNC School of the Arts and took up an interest in biostatistics once I began my undergraduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill. During my studies I had the opportunity to work on various research projects in the fields of neuroscience, origins of life, and tumor biology, which solidified my aspiration to pursue a research career in biology. As a PhD student at the Sanger Institute, I will study the impact that genetic variation has on health in understudied populations. Many genetic variants are highly specific to certain populations, so identifying the variants implicated in disease requires research that includes a variety of populations. I believe that it is the responsibility of the medical genetics research community to expand research to understudied populations, and I look forward to contributing to this effort during my time at Cambridge.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2020 Biostatistics and Mathematics