Hometown: Gaitherburg, MD
high school: Watkins Mill HS
college: Harvard University
MAJOR: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Qaren was born in Accra, Ghana and grew up in Gaithersburg, MD. She is now a third year medical student at University of Maryland School of Medicine. Before medical school she completed her BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. During her first gap year, she conducted Breast Oncology research in the Wagle Lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The next year she moved to Baltimore, MD and joined the Cutaneous Nerve Lab at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
During her time in medical school, Qaren has delved into mouse model research regarding Hidradenitis suppurativa, a condition that disproportionately affects black females. Skin of color research peaks her interest and she hopes to match into a dermatology residency to further pursue these interests. Qaren also loves to see black and brown kids getting excited about science, and has devoted time to the UMB Cure program and Camp Cardiac, as a result. She hopes to continue working with underserved communities throughout her career.
Qaren has traveled to Puerto Rico, Ecuador, and Jamaica. Her favorite book is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, and her favorite TV show is This is Us, but that will probably change soon.