Maria Filsinger Interrante
Maria grew up on a farm in Minnesota and went to high school at Minnetonka High, a local public school where she first fell in love with science. She then came to Stanford for her undergraduate degree, where she majored in Bioengineering and worked in two labs led by amazing female professors, Christina Smolke and Jennifer Cochran. During her time at Stanford, she rode and captained the Stanford Equestrian Team, volunteered as an EMT, and helped to lead the Society of Women Engineers. Through her work as an EMT, she discovered her love of medicine, and decided to pursue an MD/PhD to combine her love of science with her passion for providing medical care. After graduating with her BioE degree in 2016, she matriculated into Stanford’s MD/PhD program, where she just finished up her first year. Maria is looking forward to doing translational research for her PhD and hopes to one day be a physician-scientist professor and run a lab at a place like Stanford. Outside of research and classes, Maria loves distance running, swimming, hiking, and backpacking.