Tess is an MD/PhD candidate at RWJMS. She graduated from Barnard College with a degree in biochemistry and spent the following year investigating the geogenic arsenic contamination of Bangladeshi well water. This work resulted in elucidation of a likely cause of subsurface arsenic release and an enduring interest in molecular biology which will fuel her future PhD research. Tess has had a lifelong passion for entrepreneurship and is inspired by the role startups are playing in changing the global health landscape. She hopes to bridge the gap between physicians and underserved populations with creative utilization of technological advances. In her free time she enjoys traveling, particularly bad puns, and curling up with a good book.