- Area of Study Neurobiology
Where are you from?
I am from Long Island, New York!
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
For me, Boston University represents a space where I can pursue the passions I had developed in high school in a more concrete way to create a longer lasting positive influence on my community. Being a part of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Floor at Warren Towers my Freshman year and an Intern for Girl’s Inc. during the summer made me realize that I felt passionately about providing young girls and women with the opportunities and information they need to form successful careers in the scientific field.
What’s your favorite BU Biology memory?
My favorite BU Biology memory is when, my freshman year, I was in BI107 and one of the labs consisted of hiking in Chestnut Hill. The excursion was meant to view the avian niche and its properties up close, but it also was the first time that my fellow students in the lab and our TF were able to bond, which improved our experience of future labs as a whole.
What’s your favorite Biology course & why?
My favorite Biology course so far is Systems Physiology! Every lecture doesn’t feel like more information to study for an upcoming midterm, but more like medical knowledge that one should know and be aware of that relates directly to one’s life. I feel that whenever you can apply your experiences in the classroom to the world immediately outside of it, the class itself becomes a life experience instead of merely a handful of credits towards a certain degree.
How did you get your research position?
One of the biggest reasons why I had applied to BU was because of the amazing research opportunities that were available to students, as I had unfortunately been unable to acquire research experience during high school. Within the first few months of my acceptance, before I had moved in or even had a proper freshman orientation, I searched madly on any and all science faculty websites for research that caught my eye or opportunities that seemed to fit me and my scientific interests. After stumbling on a few dozen, I sent out my high school resume and my fall schedule to close to fifty or more faculty … and eventually received ten emails inviting me for interviews in September, on both the BU Charles River campus and the BU Medical Campus.
What kind of research do you do?
At the Qiu lab, I work on research related to Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and am working towards finding possible avenues for eventual treatment of the disease. My work specifically in on localizing and analyzing a specific region of the brain which has been shown to relate directly to early stages of AD in the hopes of targeting the eventual site necessary for drugs to treat and cure AD. I also play a role in the clinical component of the project as well as of other projects in the Qiu lab.
What are your post-graduation plans?
After I graduate, I hope to continue to my passion for neurobiology research and eventually attend medical school. I want to continue my active involvement with Girl’s Inc. and other similar organizations with social work in the same area of helping young girls and women, as well as assist in the clinical setting for patients with psychiatric illnesses. My current goal is to be a Psychiatrist, which has much to do with shadowing Dr. Qiu, who is a Psychiatrist at BUMC.