Marissa McPhillips

Favorite Course 20 subject and why?
I loved 20.320–Analysis of Biomolecular and Cellular Systems because the subject material was fascinating! Learning how receptor-ligand interactions impact cellular function was complex, intriguing, and something completely new, especially because the class approached the material from an engineering perspective. I enjoyed the final project in which we chose how to perturb a system and interpret the resulting functional change using a MATLAB model.

What will you miss most about being an undergraduate at MIT?
I will miss the people! The Course 20 family has been such a blessing during my time at MIT, and, as a member of the track and field team, I will miss my teammates greatly. In addition, the Course 20 staff have been so friendly, helpful, and caring over the years, which I will also miss.

Where will you be next year?
I’ll be starting my Master’s of Science degree in biomedical engineering at Boston University!

Who deserves a shout-out?
My high school science teacher, Mr. Reis, encouraged me to pursue science and tech at MIT from the very beginning. Without his guidance, support, and help in AP Biology, I would not be where I am today. In addition, my parents have supported all of my goals, whether academic, athletic or otherwise, over the past 22 years. I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done.