Who is OME

- March '17

Deborah Plana - Prestigious Fellows

Her nominator writes:

Deborah is a high-achieving senior studying biological engineering with a minor in data science and statistics. She has made large contributions to the MIT community as the Latino Cultural Center (LCC) President and member of the Office of Minority Education Advisory Council (OMESAC), but what distinguishes her from other peers is that she managed to maintain such a strong presence on campus while excelling academically. In her sophomore year, she was awarded the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (HHMI ExROP) grant to work with Professor Connie Cepko at Harvard Medical School. She is now an undergraduate researcher in the Lauffenburger Laboratory at MIT as a recipient of the Reddy Family UROP Fund to model the cell type interactions implicated in the endometriosis immune response. Her findings have been published in the journal Scientific Reports, orally presented through the MGH Summer Research Trainee Program, and presented as a poster at the New England Science Symposium, the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Silverman Symposium, the annual HHMI ExROP meeting, and the Harvard Undergraduate Summer Internship Poster Session. At MIT, she has also been awarded the Ilona Karmel Writing Prize, the Industrial Advisory Council for Minority Education Student Prize, and will be inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, placing her in the top 20% of her class. She has already been accepted to many of the most competitive medical schools in the country, allowing her the flexibility to choose where she will be pursing an MD-PhD beginning this fall.