ESP Biography


Major: Biology

College/Employer: MIT

Year of Graduation: G

Picture of Kathleen Higgins

Brief Biographical Sketch:

I grew up in suburbs of San Francisco as the daughter of two mathematicians, which means that I have always been an unrepentant nerd. I came east to attend Williams College, where I studied biology and chemistry. After graduating, I took a job as a research assistant here in Boston, before starting my MD/PhD in 2016. In my first two years in the program, I delivered a baby, jumped out of a plane, and ran my first half marathon. I'm now in my fifth year of the program, which is my third year at MIT as a graduate student. My lab studies cancer genetics and cancer epigenetics.

Past Classes

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S14476: Introductory cardiology: how the heart beats and breaks in Spark 2021 (Mar. 13 - 27, 2021)
This course will be a broad overview of how the heart works, from the tiny cells that make up the heart muscle up through the damage sustained during a heart attack. Other topics may include generation of a heart beat, structural abnormalities, arrhythmias, blood pressure, and electrocution. Students will practice listening to heart rhythms using online stethoscope simulators.

S12817: Next Generation Biology in HSSP Spring 2019 (Feb. 23, 2019)
Is 23andMe reliable? What is that new MIT nano center about? Should we be worried about designer babies? An exciting look into new emerging fields in biology. Topics include CRISPR and gene editing, sequencing technologies and ancestry testing, protein engineering, neuroscience, and bioethics.