2015
Hi guys! My name is Emily Moya and I am a graduate of
Boston Latin School. I will be a freshman at Harvard University
this fall. I plan on following a premedical track and concentrating
in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology as well
as getting a citation in Italian and Spanish. I also intend to join
Harvard's running club, ballroom dancing team, Health Leads
program, and a mentoring program for underprivileged kids in
the Greater Boston area.

Fun facts about me:
- I love running! (I ran 10 miles a few days ago)
- I lived in Ecuador for seven years before moving to Boston.
- I have traveled to Ecuador, Italy, Spain and Greece and look
forward to visiting more countries and learning more about other
cultures:)
- I love Italian food and am always in the mood for some pasta and
gelato.
- I love love shopping.
- My favorite season is Summer; I enjoy going to the beach and riding
my boogie board.
- I love meeting new people so come chat with me!
This summer I worked in
Dr. Lynn Bry's lab at Brigham
and Women's hospital under the
mentorship of Dr. Xiaomin Zhao.
Dr. Bry's laboratory is part of the
pathology department at Brigham's.
They perform clinical research and
at the moment focus on carpabenem
resistant enterobacteriaceae, which
are gram negative bacteria that are
resistant to carbapenem antibiotics.
My project this summer
was to use genomic
methods to analyze four
strains of Acinetobacter
Baumannii and detect
if there had been a
nosocomial outbreak at
Brigham and Women's
Hospital.This project
was particularly
interesting because
two of the strains had
been extracted from
patients living in the
same room at the
hospital. For this reason,
infection control was
concerned that the
Acinetobacter had
spread between the two
patients. If you are
interested in reading
more about my project,
my abstract is attached
below!

Abstract

Four isolates of Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex were isolated from patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, two of which were residing in close proximity in the hospital. Infection control was concerned about potential spread between patients; thus we sequenced these strains in order to assess their relatedness and the likelihood of clonal spread between patients. In order to conduct this experiment, we subcultured four A. Baumannii bacterium and then extracted its DNA using an EZ1 DNA tissue kit. We then used the Nextera Library Prep Kit in order to prepare the DNA for sequencing using the Miseq machine. Once this was done, we used a pipeline that included FastQC and QUAST, this allowed us to do a quality check control on the raw sequence data and a quality check control of the contigs, respectively. With our contig data, we used online software called MLST and SNP’s to measure DNA sequence variation in a set of housekeeping genes and to analyze single nucleotide polymorphism, respectively. Using the MLST software we found out that strains 3 and 4 (the strains residing in close proximity) had five out of seven of the same housekeeping genes and using the SNP’s software we found that strains 3 and 4 were 2735 nucleotides away. These results demonstrate that none of the strains were clonal, not even strains 3 and 4, which were residing in a close proximity. There is no nosocomial outbreak.


2014
Hi everyone! My name is Emily Moya and I'm a rising senior at Boston Latin School. During the school year I work at the Institute of Global Youth Development, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on the health and wellness of teenagers in the city of Boston. I'm also part of the Varsity Cross Country team and the Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field team (I guess you could say I love running!). In college I plan on following a pre-medical track and then attending medical school. However, I also plan on minoring in psychology. I've had an interest in the sciences for a few years now and I'm very excited to learn more and grow as an individual at my assigned lab this summer! I can't wait to meet everyone and make new friends!
Interesting facts about me:- Most people doubt me when I tell them I'm hispanic, but I'm originally from Ecuador!- I love italian culture and Italian food.- I'm really friendly and love to talk to people:)
This summer I will be working at the Countway Library under the instruction of Dr.Tonellato. My project is to understand breast cancer risk factors, including genetic variation, and an application to risk prediction algorithms using bioinformatics.
Personalized Medicine: risk prediction, targeted therapies and mobile health technology:
As technology continues to advance, it should be used for medical purposes. For example, mobile apps are beginning to be used in medicine so that disease management can have a more personalized approach.

Weekly assignment: July 3rd

Demographic Characteristics of Minorities in PGen Study

Aim 1: Examine the income level of minority PGen participants.
Hypothesis 1A: Minority PGen participants have higher income than average U.S. income.
Methods 1A: Using JMP software I will use T-test to compare the mean income of minority PGen participants with average U.S. income from census data.
Hypothesis 1B: There will be a higher frequency of minority PGen participants with high income than low income.
Methods 1B: Using JMP software I will conduct a chi-square test for frequency of minority PGen participants in high, average and low-income groups.

Aim 2: Examine education level of minority PGen participants.
Hypothesis 2A: Minority PGen participants have higher education level than average U.S. person.
Methods 2A: Using JMP software I will use T-test to compare mean income of minority PGen participants with average U.S. income from census data.
Hypothesis 2B: There will be a higher frequency of minority PGen participants with high education than low.
Methods 2B: Using JMP software I will conduct a chi-square test for frequency of minority PGen participants in high, average and low education groups.