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Our Stories

Mariam

Our Stories

Mariam moved to Massachusetts from Pakistan at the age of six and began attending Clarke Northampton as a first grader in the K-8 Program. After graduating from Clarke in 2004, Mariam went on to Northampton High School where she continued to receive support from Clarke’s Mainstream Services team.

“During my time at Clarke and while in high school, I felt proficient in science and math,” remembers Mariam. “So I took AP Chemistry and AP Calculus which eventually led me to double major in biochemistry and neuroscience at UMass. Through a lab internship, I became very interested in therapies that treat novel diseases. Then I completed the doctorate in pharmacy program at MCPHS [Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences].”

Now Mariam is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center of Health and Technology and Department of Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York, where she investigates patterns of medication usage by participants in clinical trials and observational studies in HIV and Parkinson’s disease. She also addresses health disparities in Deaf communities and co-teaches a biology lab course at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Looking ahead, Mariam says that her ideal job is to work as a pharmacological researcher studying medications and treatments, and she partially credits Clarke for her success. “Clarke taught me how to grow in my skills, manage my time and succeed in the hearing world,” she says. “I am from Pakistan and we do not have this opportunity that Clarke offers. Without Clarke, I would not be able to successfully speak with my family. They are so thankful to be able to communicate with me.”

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