I am a rising Junior majoring in Biology; I am also studying Arabic and Math. I began assisting with research my freshman year in the Ken Cadwell lab at NYU Langone. Here, I primarily study how Murine Norovirus can act as a commensal member of the gut microbiome. I studied away at NYU Tel Aviv the second semester of my sophomore year, where I completed two research internships at Tel Aviv University. For one internship, I assessed the impacts of CRISPR/Cas3 on homologous and heterogeneous genetic recombination in Archaea. For my other internship, I helped analyze a mutation that occurs in the bacteriophage MS2 when the virus is grown at a high temperature. This summer, I am working in the lab of Sunil Parikh at the Yale School of Public Health, where I am studying blood samples taken from malaria-infected children, pregnant women, and HIV patients in Uganda. Specifically, I am looking for a correlation between anti-malarial drug levels in the blood and the prevalence of mutations in the parasite that cause drug resistance. I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD once I finish college.