Fatima Madondo

MIT Department: Biological Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Peter Dedon
Research Supervisor: Junzhou Wu, Jingjing Sun
Undergraduate Institution: Lebanon Valley College
Hometown: Budiriro 2, Harare, Zimbabwe
Website: LinkedIn

Initially, attending Lebanon Valley College was simply a path to a degree. Then, I found myself drawn to the technology I saw in laboratories. It seemed my interest in merging technology and medicine was continually piqued at every turn, and I became more aware of how technology was transforming medicine. I believe that such breakthroughs will be significant in the success of emerging medical fields such as personalized medicine to improve the quality of health care without restrictions. I come from Zimbabwe where diseases that could easily be treated such as diabetes still contribute the most to death rate, even with insulin treatment. I have witnessed that most people in Zimbabwe are not responding to the normal doses of insulin. Therefore, my goal is to merge technology and medicine to research how personalized medicine can be effective in the treatment of such diseases, particularly in places like Zimbabwe where advanced medical technologies are rare. At the MIT Biology Department, I will gain technical skills and knowledge to pursue research in biomedical projects that focus on personalized medicine. Apart from science, I love learning languages and currently I am pursuing a French concentration, I hope to work in countries around the world to improve healthcare services in places that have limited access to healthcare.