Nathan Warren
First Name: Nathan
Last Name: Warren
Graduation Year: 2021
Country: United States
Education: Drexel University


My father had suggested Duke to me after a conversation regarding my future plans. Upon learning more about the MIDS program, I was extremely happy to see that 39% of the current students had an undergraduate degree in engineering and science. As someone who has an undergraduate degree in biology, and was deciding to pivot in his future career direction, I was happy to see there were many others like in the program. In addition, having grown up internationally most of my life, I was happy to see the numerous amount of countries represented by the original class. I believe that this diversity in both academics and nationality is reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of the program, thus strengthening its core values. Through the MIDS program, I am not only excited to learn from the professors at Duke, but also from my classmates, in domains less familiar to me. While I am partially set on my domain, the variety present as Duke provides unparalleled flexibility allowing me to deviate from my planned route if wanted.

What excites you about data science?

What excites me the most about data science is how it can be applied to almost every subject domain. Data science seeks to solve large and curious questions, in any domain, it is utilized in. For me, this first became apparent when I had my and my grandfather’s DNA sequenced many years ago, in an attempt to learn more about his heritage. It has been fascinating to watch data science grow and dominate the cutting edge of quantitative subfields within academia. 

What research area are you most interested in?

My background is in biology and I have been doing research in a neurology lab for the last two years. Any study we performed always ended up with statistical work over large amounts of data. This allowed me to become more experienced and curious with R. As I dove deeper into the field, I saw the utility of data science through bioinformatics and computational biology. Currently, this is the research area I am most interested in. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing soccer, going to shows, and watching competitive sports. In particular, I have become more interested in sports and esports over the years. Within these competitive games, I have become extremely interested in the data science involved in balancing complex video games, and in large data analytics in both sports and esports.

What is one interesting fact about you?

I have lived in Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Virginia, Connecticut, and Philadelphia.