My name is Luke Anderson and I’m from a small town outside of Rochester, NY. I graduated as the valedictorian of my high school class and went on to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Harvard, I studied Psychology and Music and was actively involved in club sports (hockey and lacrosse) and various on-campus bands.
After graduating from Harvard in 2014, I joined Teach For America to teach high school student about my favorite subject, biology, in New Orleans. I absolutely loved teaching and working with students, and I taught four different courses (Biology I, Honors Biology, AP Biology, and ACT Science Prep) during my time as a teacher. Through teaching, I also discovered my passion for the biological sciences, which eventually led me to move to Philadelphia to begin work in a molecular and cellular biology lab at the University of Pennsylvania.
I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biology here at Penn, where I will likely focus on organismal evolutionary biology. In my free time, I am an avid musician and songwriter and enjoy performing at open mics around Philadelphia.