Natalie Petrossian ’12, Stem cell/neuroscience scientist, Boston, MA
I moved to Boston at the age of four after spending my early years in Brussels and Paris. My brothers and I attended ISB from pre-K through 12th grade. I graduated from the University of Chicago in 2016 with a B.S. in the Biological Sciences, specializing in Neuroscience. After graduating, I joined Kevin Eggan’s lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where I studied the interactions of various schizophrenia risk-associated genes in stem cells and derived neurons. I recently transitioned to Beam Therapeutics where I am using CRISPR base editing to develop precise corrections for Rett Syndrome and genetically-defined forms of Parkinson’s Disease. I am currently applying to medical school and hope to bridge my passions for translational research and medicine in my career.
I will always consider ISB my home. While there, I developed a strong work ethic and an open mind. The IB, in particular, pushed me to analyze situations from multiple perspectives. On a personal level, growing up in such a multi-cultural and multilingual environment was an invaluable experience. By working alongside classmates from all over the world, I gained a deep cultural education that would not have been possible by curriculum alone. I not only learned to appreciate other cultures, but I also integrated elements of those cultures into my identity. This has allowed me to connect easily with diverse individuals at every turn in life.