Shushan is a PhD candidate at NYU School of Medicine studying Microbiology and Immunology. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami and has completed research internships at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Yerevan Institute of Molecular Biology. Shushan is also involved in many initiatives to empower and support students to succeed in STEM. She has mentored high school, undergraduate and graduate students in the lab, been involved with the Women’s Intensive Leadership Development program at NYU, served as mentor and coordinator for the AGBU Global Leadership program in Yerevan and New York. Now she serves on the board of Clear Direction Mentoring, a non-profit organization that offers mentorship to underprivileged high school students interested in STEM.