Izumi de los Rios Kobara

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
20.320–Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems. This class was the first class we all took together in the major and there was a lot of camaraderie with the 2020s on pset nights and studying for exams. On top of that is was exciting to see how all the fundamental classes we had taken came together for a biological applications and it has been really useful in thinking about simple models.

20.309–Biological Instrumentation and Measurement was also a great experience for me because it was the part of Course 20 I was most uncomfortable with. I never thought I would be able to build a microscope or preform image analysis.The hands on labs and time with Steve, Maxine and Julie really helped me expand my expertise and comfort zone.

And obviously I have to give a shout-out to 20.230–Immunology!

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
The many communities I’ve found here at MIT! From my Course 20 classmates and professors, to my labmates, friends and roommates; I have met so many inspiring people. I’ll always remember the memories from the crazy pace of MIT and time we found to have fun and goof-off.

Where will you be next year?
I’ll be starting my PhD in Immunology at Stanford University!

Who deserves a shout-out?
So many people!! Definitely my lab partner Andrea who worked tirelessly with me through matlab bugs and virus batteries! I also want to say thank you to my PI Prof Dane Wittrup and academic advisor Prof Michael Birnbaum as well as all the Course 20 professors and staff. I’ll miss course 20 so much!!