Gabriella Angelini ‘17G

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UNH alumna Gabrielle Angelini 'G17

Gabriella Angelini graduated in 2017 with a master’s degree in genetics. She is now a research associate at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

COLSA: What are you doing now?

Gabrielle Angelini: I am a research associate at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. I am in the genome engineering group in the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research. My role is to genetically engineer human pluripotent stem cells to be used as models for neuropsychiatric diseases, such as autism and schizophrenia. My group also works to develop cellular tools in human pluripotent stem cells.

COLSA: How did your time at UNH prepare you for where you are today?

Gabrielle: My time at UNH taught me to think critically about my research and ask the right questions. It also taught me how to direct and lead projects and work collaboratively to move them forward.

COLSA: Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10?

Gabrielle: I really love doing research in the lab. I hope to be still doing that and I particularly love doing cell culture and tool development.

COLSA: What do you know now that you wish you'd known while an undergrad?

Gabrielle: Failure is good for you!

COLSA: What person or course most influenced you while at UNH? How?

Gabrielle: Estelle Hrabak was my graduate advisor, and she was a huge influence on my time at UNH. She taught me how to lead my project, mentor students, and write!

COLSA: What advice do you have for students interested in your field?

Gabrielle: Don't be afraid to try many different things. Try everything you can and learn what you like and most importantly what you don't like. You never know what thing you will love or what combinations of things will spark ideas.

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