Hometown: Greensboro, NC
high school: Phillips Exeter Academy
college: Harvard University
Danai is an undergraduate student at Harvard University, concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology. An aspiring neurosurgeon, Danai has conducted research at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine as a participant in the Jackson Laboratory Summer Student Program, as well as carried out a full-time internship in an Intensive Care Unit in a hospital in northwestern Germany. In addition to science, Danai enjoys politics, literature, and community service, among others. She volunteers as part of Harvard’s Cancer Society and Harvard College Stories for Orphans, and is highly motivated to succeed and help others succeed.
In the first 18 years of her life, Danai’s achievements include advancing in the USA Biology Olympiad two years in a row, earning the National Achievement Scholarship, graduating Cum Laude from Phillips Exeter Academy (where she received the Philip M. Bitman Prize for General Excellence in Science), interning in under Senator Tim Johnson in the US Senate, and having a manuscript advance in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. She looks forward to what the next 18 years will bring.