About


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Warm salutations, it’s great to e-meet you!  My name’s Calla, and I’m an engineer and writer.  I studied chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, and English at Penn State, and I want to solve problems in preclinical 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’m speaking at the annual Society of Women Engineers conference about it this October!

At Penn State, I worked as a TA for molecular bio and 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, and I’m working on my very first book of short stories!

This summer, I’m interning as a medical writer at Merck in Philadelphia.

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