About


Dear internet goer,

Warm salutations, it’s great to e-meet you–my name’s Calla! I study chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and English at Penn State, and I want to use my passion for research and communication skills to solve problems in drug development.

I believe in using a combination of art and science to solve those problems–I actually did a TED Talk about it in 2017, and I spoke about it at the national Society of Women Engineers conference in 2018.

At Penn State, I worked as a TA for molecular bio and a grader for pharmacokinetics and in a few research labs studying biomaterials, cell biomechanicsmed chem, and physical chem.  Back in 2017, I became President of Penn State’s Biotech Club, and I organized a high school outreach program to teach biotech and bioethics. I was also an RA for 3 years and was accepted into the National Residence Hall Honorary which accepts only the top 1% of student leaders in residence halls.

Aside from science and leadership, I also love to write.  I’ve had some of my work published in a science journal and a few books, and I’m working on my very first book of short stories.

This summer, I interned as a medical writer at Merck in Philadelphia.  Some of my work  was even featured at the Merck Annual Technology Symposium.

If you’re ever visiting Penn State, please reach out if you’d like a tour or to drink a caffeinated beverage together! 🙂

Take care,

Calla