Pearl graduated summa cum laude from Carlow University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and mathematics minor. Before that, she had earned an Associate degree in Nursing from the Community College of Allegheny County in 2006 and worked as a registered nurse in a cardiothoracic surgical unit for a year. She received her Master of Science in Biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health in December 2012. Her Master’s thesis was a statistical genetic research focusing on locating candidate genes in the mother that are responsible for meiotic nondisjunction errors and subsequently lead to Down’s syndrome development in the baby.
Pearl joined the Program on Ethics and Decision Making, CRISMA, in September of 2012 while she was a biostatistics graduate student. Currently, she serves as the biostatistician for all the projects in the Ethics and Decision Making program statistically analyzing the collected quantitative data.