As Perla boarded the plane for Tel Aviv, she had no idea she would be riding a camel through the desert – or that her experience would change her career plans
EECS major, Perla Villarreal, interns at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel

The Personalized Nutrition Project

In the Segal Lab of Computational Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, MIT junior Perla Villarreal participated in “The Personalized Nutrition Project.” The project aimed at developing a method for predicting postprandial glycemic response of healthy individuals. “Coming from MIT, working on prevention research isn’t common and I was excited to take a part of a different perspective.”

As a part of this project, Perla developed a server-side analysis engine, which provided different statistics calculated from a large database at real time.  Her contributions and results will be a part of a larger file that every research participant in the project will receive. Working at the Segal lab also gave Perla the opportunity to see how Computer Science is applied in biological research and the crucial role it plays. She is now certain that her two passions: Computer Science and helping people can come together as one.

Aside from participating in this exciting research Perla had the opportunity to meet MIT Alumni who worked at the Weizmann Institute of Science and travel across the country. “Meeting with alumni really showed me how feasible it is for me to follow my career passions on the other side of the world.” Now that Perla has returned from Israel she reflects on her experience and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in impactful research and meet wonderful people in Israel. “MISTI Israel was a wonderful experience for me, the people are welcoming, the history is enriching and the country is simply absolutely beautiful.” 

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