Crystal Russo is thrilled to work with Ethnic Online as copy editor and contributing writer. Crystal graduated from North Shore Community College with dual Associates degrees in Liberal Arts and Biotechnology. She moved on to University of Massachusetts Boston, where she completed a dual major in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Economics. She pursued a doctoral degree in Molecular Microbiology at Tufts University, and currently works in vaccines development and manufacturing.
During her undergraduate studies, Crystal manufactured preservative-free tetanus diphtheria vaccines for adult use at a state lab. It was in this capacity that she learned to appreciate practical applications for science and the ways in which new research can be utilized to streamline processes and develop safer therapies. Crystal’s graduate work at Tufts University focused on the identification of novel malarial vaccine targets and drug targets in order to develop safe and effective vaccines for protection against malarial infection.
Crystal knows that her hard work and planning have gotten her to where she is today, and she has a strong desire to help minority youth live up to their potential through identifying and developing career goals. A member of North Shore Community College’s Bridges to the Stars program and UMASS Boston’s Roland E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Crystal believes that the best way to encourage inner city youth is to provide a good example and support to the next generation. She has worked towards this goal by tutoring and teaching at Upward Bound of Lynn and acting as a mentor and sounding wall for friends and colleagues as they navigate advanced degrees.
A stickler for grammar, Crystal has worked as an editor for friends and family as well as in the high school newspaper. She loves the written word and believes that a well written argument will always prevail over poor communication.
Raised as an Air Force brat, Crystal has lived in Italy and Belgium, and has settled in Lynn, MA. She loves to read, go to concerts, and explore Boston with friends.