|MIT Department: Chemistry
Status: PhD Student
Undegraduate Institution: Princeton University
Hello! I usually go by “Mani” and was born and raised in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia. I moved to the States in 2014 when I started my studies at Princeton. I had little prior experience with experimental science/research before I started working in Professor Abigail Doyle’s lab at Princeton. My experience in her lab, my classes as an undergraduate, and college in general allowed me to fall in love with science and decide to pursue a PhD. After graduating from Princeton with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2018, I joined Professor Matthew Shoulders’ lab and started my PhD in Chemistry at MIT. In addition to my interest in interdisciplinary scientific research, I am also very interested in science education/communication. Other things about me: I love exploring Boston (visiting museums, trying new restaurants, going to shows, meeting people), reading, photography, traveling and hanging out with friends. I’m also hoping to pick up one or two new hobbies this summer (stay tuned to what those end up becoming)!