Brittany completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biochemistry at Colby College prior to working as research assistant in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brittany is now a doctoral candidate and NSF graduate research fellow in biological engineering at MIT under the guidance of Dr. Chris Love and Darrell Irvine. Her research interests are in clinical immunology, neurology, and systems for single cell analysis, and her work is broadly focused on understanding immune cells in the central nervous system (CNS) across different disease states. To date she has focused on characterizing the molecular signatures of T cells in multiple sclerosis, brain cancer (glioblastoma), and ischemic stroke patients in order to develop a better understanding of the tissue specific states of these cells and their contribution to disease. Ultimately, these efforts towards detailed characterization of cells responsible for initiating and propagating disease in humans will facilitate insights into the pathogenesis of disease in the CNS and reveal novel therapeutic targets. Since coming to MIT, she has engaged in efforts to encourage the interest of young women in science and engineering through participating in and organizing the MIT Women’s Initiative. WI is a program that sends women MIT engineers across the country to engage with middle school and high school girls for a full week over January each year. She has also been fortunate to mentor talented undergraduate students through independent research projects over the summers and over the course of the academic year. Additionally, she is passionate about science communication and believes scientists have a fundamental obligation to ensure their science is accessible to the general public. After meeting the founder of HealthCare Journey for Multiple Sclerosis, she has co-authored a blog called Multiple Perspectives in Multiple Sclerosis. This blog was designed to help educate MS patients and their families about current research endeavors in the field of MS research through providing detailed and easily accessible summaries of new research as it is published. Since 2015 Brittany has also been a communication fellow in the biological engineering department, where she enjoys coaching peers to improve their communication skills as well as learning new ways to improve her own teaching and learning abilities.