Grace Assaye | 2015 | Interns

Grace Assaye (’16)

Lawrenceville, GA

Biology Major

Gryphon Scientific

This summer I worked at Gryphon Scientific, a small scientific consulting firm in Maryland. Most of their clients are government agencies like the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Defense, looking for information that will help them solve pressing public health issues both globally and domestically. I worked on two projects during my time at Gryphon. I helped maintain a database of newly completed HIV research for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (a branch of the NIH), in order to both help the NIH make better informed decisions on awarding grants and also give scientists a snapshot of all the work that has already been completed in the field of HIV research. In my other project I helped to create a model of infectious disease transmission in the United States that will be used to assess risk of potential public health concerns in the future. I plan to attend medical school after I graduate, so being able to look at medicine and public health from a quantitative perspective allowed me to see the big picture of the system I will eventually be working in.