Maria is currently a senior at University of Massachusetts - Amherst double majoring in molecular biology & biochemistry and psychology. She tries to indulge herself in various research fields to discover her true passion in molecular biology and genetics. Maria participated in a number of research competitions including Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the University of Massachusetts - Amherst undergraduate research symposium. So far, she had the opportunity to publish three articles in different journals in the field of molecular biology, plant biology, and biomedical health sciences. Maria aims to get her graduate degree in psychology with an emphasis in molecular biology and epigenetics.

Maria Alkurdi