Saumya received her B.S./M.S. combined degree in biology from Brandeis University (2009) and her PhD in cell and molecular biology from Stanford University (2016). Her doctoral work focused on processes that dynamically regulate DNA, and how errors in these regulatory mechanisms lead to disease states such as cancer. Saumya is interested in understanding the molecular bases underlying cellular processes, especially gene regulation, and how these processes going awry results in diseases such as cancer or developmental abnormalities.
As a Thinking Matters Fellow, Saumya teaches THINK 15: How Does Your Brain Work?, THINK 23: The Cancer Problem, and THINK 61: Living with Viruses. Her introductory seminar, BIO 13Q: Hacking the Genome, is being offered in Spring 2019. She has also taught extensively in introductory laboratory courses and upper level biology classes at Brandeis, Stanford, and Santa Clara Universities. Alongside her teaching, she continues to collaborate with researchers in Stanford Biology and School of Medicine to develop laboratory components and demos on topics in molecular biology and genetics.