|MIT Department: Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Alek Shalek
Research Supervisors: Ben Mead, Conner Kummerlowe
Undergraduate Institution: Kean University
Hometown: Old Bridge, New Jersey, United States
My name is Florencia Burian and I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. I am a rising senior studying at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and a master’s degree in Biotechnology. I have done research in drug discovery and genetics since my freshman year of college, and started an independent study on figuring out if novel compounds created in my drug discovery research can cross the blood brain barrier in Drosophila species. I am interested in researching more in immunology, infectious diseases, and computational biology but have a strong drive for bioinformatics, and plan to pursue a PhD is any one of those fields. Outside the lab, I spend my time drawing and painting, hiking, and playing volleyball.