Election Year: 2021
Election Constituency: Canada
Scholar Status: Scholar in Residence
Rhodes Identifier: Ontario & Balliol 2021
Marissa is from the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada and earned her BSE from the University of Iowa (NCAA D1 Track and Field). After becoming involved in undergraduate accelerometer research, she was recognized as a National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges Scholar and for her contributions at various global conferences. Having also been on the pre-medicine track, she applied and was accepted to the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD program to which she has deferred entrance to study at Oxford. Marissa is currently reading for the MSc in Neuroscience, where she has joined the Molnar and Miesenböck labs to investigate 3D printing for brain repair and redox sleep pathways respectively. She hopes her training will help demystify the molecular mechanisms, clinical applications, and ethical implications of regenerative technologies in neuroscience.