A native of Riva, Maryland, Sappington will graduate this spring with a BS in computer science and molecular biology. She will earn master’s degrees in machine learning at University College London and medical sciences in oncology at the Cambridge University. She will then pursue an interdisciplinary career as a physician-scientist using computer science to improve precision medicine.
As an undergraduate researcher at the laboratory of Professor Aviv Regev in MIT’s Department of Biology and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Sappington has been developing machine-learning techniques to improve cell type classification for the Human Cell Atlas Initiative. She has also conducted research on hepatitis B virus infection in the laboratory of Professor Sangeeta Bhatia in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Sappington has held summer research internships at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and as an Amgen Scholar at Kyoto University, Japan. In 2018, she was named a national Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and an MIT Burchard Scholar.
Sappington served as the Director of TechX, which hosts world-renowned events such as HackMIT. She is co-president of the MIT Biology Undergraduate Student Association, a teaching assistant for the biology department, and a peer health counselor and former residential director for MIT MedLinks. A talented dancer, Sappington has performed with MIT DanceTroupe and the MIT Asian Dance Team. For the past two years, she has volunteered for the Massachusetts General Hospital department of radiation oncology.
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