Hope Kenmore is a biology researcher and artist based in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in 2020 with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Biology. While at Marymount, she worked on background research for Dr. Aguanno’s team, investigating molecular pathway links between Alzheimer’s Disease and Type II Diabetes. She also interned with Dr. Lundquist studying the urban ecology and insect biodiversity of upper Manhattan. Hope also choreographed several dance pieces on fellow students, and often used concepts from the life sciences as inspiration.
While Hope feels connected to the arts in NYC whenever possible, since graduating, she has focused on her scientific research career. In 2020, Hope began working at Weill Cornell Medicine as a lab technician for their Institutional Biorepository Core (IBC) lab. As a core facility of Weill Cornell Medicine, the IBC processes samples for many different types of pathology research, and has focused on multiple COVID-19 studies over the past year.
In 2021, with a desire for broader non-clinical experience, Hope started as a technician at an exciting start-up called Aanika Biosciences. In this molecular and microbiology R&D environment, Hope is working on multiple research projects developing a new product based on inserting unique, traceable barcodes into the DNA of harmless microbial spores. The company’s goal is to improve tracking of items along supply chains, such as fresh produce, allowing an outbreak of E. coli, for example, to be sourced and accurately recalled within hours or days, as opposed to weeks.
Hope lives in NYC with her boyfriend and their very spoiled rescue dog Kipo. She looks forward to the opportunity to share her experiences with the MMC Natural Sciences community.