- Area of Study Biology and Human Physiology
Where are you from?
I am from Brooklyn, New York.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
On campus, I have been a Learning Assistant for Introductory Biology (BI107 and BI108), a Student-to-Student Tutor for Biology, a Learning Assistant for Elementary Physics (PY105), and a Teaching Fellow for Gross Human Anatomy (HS369). My love for teaching has pushed me to explore teaching these numerous subjects to peers and future leaders in science. I am also a leadership team member of Health Leads, an organization that targets the social determinants of health, and works directly with patients at Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, I work as an Operating Room-Family Liaison at Shriner’s Hospital for Children-Boston assisting with surgical procedures. Lastly, I am a student researcher studying diabetes and obesity in a biochemistry lab on the Boston University Medical Campus.
What interested you in doing the Dual Degree Program in Biology and Human Physiology?
I am fascinated by the human body. I am amazed by the simultaneous collaboration of the human body from the cellular level, to organ systems, to the gross anatomy of the body. I started out as a Biology major and am interested in learning all about the biochemical pathways and cellular dynamics that make us who we are. However, I knew that I also wanted more exposure into how the human body worked on the higher level. Therefore, I decided that a Dual Degree in Human Physiology and Biology would be the perfect marriage of both of my interests.
What’s your favorite Biology course & why?
My favorite Biology course is Systems Physiology (BI315). I loved learning all about the integrations of pathways and organ systems within the human body that allow us to function. Each class held something new in store to amaze me. There were always things that I could apply to my everyday life, whether that may be the way my GI tract is processing all the french fries I ate in the dining hall, or the way my body is responding to lack of sleep.
What was your experience like studying abroad in China?
Studying abroad was an extremely unique experience for me. Although I am a Chinese-American, I never really identified with many aspects of my Chinese culture. Therefore, being able to go to a different country and learn the language and culture firsthand was exciting. I was able to explore many different places in China such as see the burial site of the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, climb the tallest mountain in China, and experience the urban city life of Shanghai.
What’s your favorite BU Biology memory?
It is really difficult for me to pick a favorite BU Biology memory because I have been fortunate enough to have many. I think one of the best memories would be during my time as a Student-to-Student Tutor. During a review session that I was holding for BI108, I had found a hilarious parody to a popular pop song for the topic that we were reviewing. The whole lecture hall bursted into laughter, joy, and dancing. I think that is what learning Biology should be all about.
What kind of research do you do?
I am a student researcher in the Kandror Lab. Our lab is a biochemistry laboratory focused on diabetes and obesity. My individual projects focus on the role of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) in regulating lipolysis, satiety, and non-shivering thermogenesis. These are all major pathways in solving the problems that humans face with diabetes and obesity. I hope that my research could identify key pathways and therapeutics that can help stop the epidemics of diabetes and obesity in our world today.
What are your post-graduation plans?
After graduating, I will be attending medical school fulfilling my dream of becoming a physician-scientist. I plan to continue my passion of caring for underserved populations while simultaneously pursuing research on epidemics that plague our world today. I hope to make a difference in the lives of my patients and in the world of science.