Samantha was born only days preceding a blizzard in Wisconsin – possibly explaining her bias for the snowy months of New England weather. She studied Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, specializing in electromagnetics. Prior to coming to MIT, she earned a Masters in Physics as a Churchill Scholar at the University of Cambridge studying the structure-property relationships of polymer materials for use in optoelectronic devices. Here at MIT she is an NSF Fellow studying towards a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Co-advised by Doug Lauffenburger (MIT) and Kevin Haigis (Harvard Medical School), she aims to elucidate how cell signaling dysregulation contributes to disease, i.e. neurodegeneration and cancer, to advance therapeutics through the development of predictive mathematical models. When not in the lab, Samantha is often found exploring new baking and cooking creations, enjoying the New England countryside, playing piano or clarinet, and traveling.