Matt Schiff ('19)

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: General Biology // Wharton Concentration: Finance

What are your 3 favorite aspects of the LSM program?

1. The intersection of life sciences and business.

2. Connecting with other brilliant, like-minded students and faculty.

3. Learning a dual approach to problem-solving that will leave me with an invaluable skillset upon graduation.

What makes the LSM community unique compared to other academic communities around Penn?

The LSM community is extremely tight-knit given its small nature, but the students are an eclectic group that gets along very well. With such a small community of like-minded students with similar passions, the LSM community truly feels like home.

What internships have you completed?

In summer of 2017 I worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Gerstner Summer Undergraduate Research Program under Dr. David Solit, whom I was connected to by LSM. There I performed professional lab research on a rare form of bladder cancer and continued to improve upon my technical research skills. My coworkers could not have been more patient, amicable, or light-hearted and they truly made my experience special.

At the end of the summer I presented a poster on the project I had been working on for the past 5 weeks (half of the internship) at a convention. It was extremely valuable not only to learn the science that was going on behind the experiments I was doing, but it was also incredibly useful to practice translating that knowledge to an audience in a public setting.

Have you done other research (at Penn or otherwise)? If so, what did it entail?

In summer of 2016 I performed research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel under Dr. Yifat Merbl. There I performed human embryonic stem cell proteomic research. I developed my wet lab skills greatly which I ultimately used in my following internship.

What is the favorite thing you’ve done or experience you’ve had at Penn so far?

Outside of LSM (my favorite thing about Penn), I am deeply involved in Greek life. I am currently the president of my fraternity, and that has been an absolutely incredible experience. I have made lifelong friends that have made my experience at Penn so special, and I have learned many skills critical for life that one may not learn in the classroom. I am so grateful for my experience in Greek life at Penn.

What are your 3 favorite things about the city of Philadelphia?

1. University of Pennsylvania (LSM, Greek life, Campus, etc.).

2. The food.

3. The sports (Sixers and Eagles).

Currently, what do you plan to do after college, and how will your LSM degrees help you achieve those goals?

After college, I am not sure exactly what I would like to do. However, I see myself heading in one of two directions. The first is into the more scientific side of things in the biotech industry. My dream job is to run my own biotech company. I also could see myself heading more into the business side of things, whether that is working in operations or finance in the biotech industry, or working in biotech investment banking or something else in finance surrounding science. Whatever I end up doing, I hope to keep science involved in my career.