Leah Pearlman joined the lab as a Research Associate from 2019 to 2021, where she worked on the viral genomic sequencing team as part of the COVID-19 Genomic Surveillance Core and investigated how viral antigens evade the immune system with the viral antigens team. Leah is now pursuing an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. There, she plans to utilize epidemiological tools to address healthcare equity in the U.S. and worldwide.
Leah graduated from Brandeis University in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and Health, Science, Society, and Policy (HSSP). There, she conducted honors research in the Lovett Lab which specializes in DNA damage and repair. Leah evaluated the quasi-palindrome (QP) template switch (TS) mutation avoidance mechanism during DNA synthesis to avoid DNA damage in the model organism of S. cerevisiae.
You can often find Leah on a volleyball court, walking her dog Bella, or cooking Mexican food.