Farai Musariri

Class of 2019-2020

Hendrix College, 2016
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Why I chose ESTEEM:

Impact, impact, impact!! I know this sounds super cliché, but as an international student from the developing world, it mattered to me that I invested my time in a program that wants to fix actually big/important issues and in a human centered manner. ESTEEM is so well positioned as a force for good in that sense and I’m truly excited for everything that’s coming my way this year.

My capstone project and why I'm excited about it:

I am working with DiagenomiX, a colorectal cancer molecular diagnostics startup based here at Notre Dame. I am very excited about this opportunity to work on a real, potentially industry changing tool in the cancer care space. As someone who is personally invested in fighting cancer and the greater public health burden that it imposes on our rapidly aging population, I am humbled by the potential that lies within DiagenomiX’s value offering.

I will be bringing my clinical trials experience to DiagenomiX’s next steps as we are now actively seeking approval with regulatory authorities, a necessary step before our tool can be adopted for public use. I am also really eager to pivot into big data to augment my scientific research and clinical experiences. DiagenomiX is based on a unique, patented algorithm developed by Dr. Buechler, a mathematician and I’m looking forward to working closely with him and exploring more ways to tap into the immense potential that lies in healthcare data.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

I definitely want to get deeper into big data, particularly in healthcare and clinical contexts. I am also passionate about impact driven design particularly as an agent for antipoverty change in developing economies—hence the Midwest and South Bend’s startup culture. My trajectory is obviously not set on any one end point right now, and I’m really excited to see how much my interests and perspectives will change in the next few months.

What I like to do when I'm not working:

I love food and am also a tea enthusiast. I’m usually out exploring hole-in-the-wall type food outlets to experience the richness that lies in food culture. I’m particularly interested in Southeast Asian cultures for this reason and will take any excuse to try some good food. I also frequent the South Bend archery and can also be found at random on campus reading a book from our ESTEEM men’s book club.

And, finally:

Hit me up just to chat or even with questions about ESTEEM, food, international development, Asian cultures...literally anything!