Cambridge Rindge and Latin School
Cambridge, MA 

Charles Epstein, Holly Whitton-Kokoris, Alex Spooner, Shanna Hsu, Robbyn Issner
Epigenomics Program

After taking a genetics class in high school, Eva became very interested in biomedicine and was amazed to learn about some of the groundbreaking research going on at institutions in her community. She heard about the Broad Summer Scholars Program after attending a lecture at the institute and wanted a chance to take part in similar research.

Eva worked with scientists in the epigenomics program to study neutrophils, a type of white blood cell in the innate immune system responsible for nonspecific defense against invading pathogens. The purpose of her study was to observe the citrullination pattern within the genome of human neutrophils to gain a better understanding of the role of histone citrullination in NETosis, a primary method of defense. 

After spending a summer at the Broad, Eva is strongly considering a career in biology or biotechnology. For now she is excited to follow the results of epigenetics research, but hopes to one day be in a career that allows her to do similar research to her work at the Broad. “I loved working with a variety of scientists with different backgrounds. My mentors guided me through the research process and made it fun to learn about science and what a career in science might mean,” said Eva.