An accomplished musician and research scientist, Hannah Tam will receive dual degrees from Northeastern and the New England Conservatory. The complex, precisely coordinated movements involved in playing a musical instrument inspired Tam’s research on neural motor control in Professor Dagmar Sternad’s Action Lab. Tam has researched longevity in the roundworm C. elegans in Professor Javier Apfeld’s biology lab and at the Max Planck Institute on the Biology of Ageing in Germany. At Editas Therapeutics, meanwhile, Tam used CRISPR gene-editing technology to target the symptoms of sickle cell disease. Tam, a University Honors student, earned the Goldwater Scholarship in 2017 and plans to earn a doctorate in stem cell and regenerative biology.