Tessy Abong Teboh
MIT Department: Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Paula Hammond
Research Supervisor: Joelle Straehla and Kimberly Bennett
Undergraduate Institution: Wellesley College
Hometown: Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon
Tessy is a rising senior at Wellesley College, majoring in Biochemistry. Previously, she engaged in an independent study at her home institution’s Radhakrishnan lab, investigating the optimal charges and the modification of actual charges on the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib. Her objective was to enhance imatinib’s efficacy in treating Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Since June 2022, Tessy has worked in the labs of Dr. Paula Hammond and Dr. Joelle Straehla at MIT. Her primary focus is optimizing a microfluidic model for the blood-brain tumor barrier for pediatric diffuse midline gliomas. As a future physician-scientist with a profound interest in oncology, drug delivery, and nano-technology, Tessy aspires to merge her medical and research expertise to contribute to the advancement of effective drug delivery methods that bypass identified barriers. Tessy hopes to mentor underrepresented individuals in STEM and believes in the crucial role of representation in serving a diverse society.