Marissa graduated from the Ohio State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences. She then spent several years at Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a research technician where she studied effective therapies in drug-resistant acute myeloid leukemia. Her main interests lie in translational oncology research with her graduate studies interrogating tumor-immune crosstalk in glioblastoma under Drs. David Nathanson and Robert Prins.