Tinna-Sólveig Kosoko-Thoroddsen was a research associate from 2019 to 2021. She worked with Dr. Cameron Myhrvold to develop CRISPR-based diagnostic panels for SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and related respiratory viruses. She also developed curriculum for an introductory biology lab class at Harvard University and managed a class of six students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tinna graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2019 with a B.S. in Chemical-Biological Engineering and a minor in Mandarin. At the Weiss Lab, she conducted research on the artificial control of alternative splicing using CRISPR-dCas13a systems and their therapeutic implications. She also investigated the relationship between striatal neurons and dopamine control under Dr. Ann Graybiel. Furthermore, she fundraised money for HIV+ patients in Togo, shadowed doctors at the Sestre Milosrdnice University Hospital Center in Croatia, and volunteered as a first aid responder in Israel.
She now attends the Washington University School of Medicine where she hopes to pursue a career as a physician public health advocate. In her free time, Tinna enjoys salsa dancing, reading the latest sci-fi novels, and traveling.