Gina Duronio’s research at some of the nation’s leading cancer centers has shown her firsthand the importance of collaboration between physicians and researchers for advancing our understanding of disease, while her dual majors in biology and mathematics have revealed the power of combining concrete and abstract analytical approaches to intellectual challenges. Gina’s research career began at the University of North Carolina’s Lineberger Cancer Center, where she saw how patient-derived genomic data can inform research projects that have direct clinical relevance. On co-op at Visterra Inc., Gina created an antibody display library, and in a subsequent co-op at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute she worked to determine the novel function of commonly mutated proteins in colorectal and esophageal cancers. Gina is also a dedicated mentor of third- through fifth-grade girls through Strong Women Strong Girls Boston. A member of the University Honors Program, Gina plans to obtain an MD-PhD in molecular biology and specialize in oncology and hematology in order to conduct translational research as a clinician-scientist.