Sophia Parente is the Chief of Staff and a Biomedical Leadership Fellow for the CDCN. She has taken an extra year between her 3rd and 4th years of medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) to help further the mission of the CDCN. Previously, she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Oboe Performance from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and later completed her premedical requirements at Johns Hopkins University.