Where are you from?
Why did you choose the BMB major?
I came into BU as a biology major. Frankly, “Biochemistry and Molecular Biology” sounded quite intimidating and I didn’t have a great science background. During my first few biology and chemistry courses, I realized I loved both subjects and wanted to pursue a major that combined both. And so, I switched into BMB and never regretted my choice.
What’s your favorite BMB-related course?
Cell Biology. As a BMB student, it’s the first time you get a taste of what makes this major special. There’s just something beautiful about the intricate workings of cellular machinery.
What kinds of research do you do?
I’ve been involved in two kinds of research at BU. First, I explored computational immunology and worked on developing algorithms for predicting clinical outcomes of antibody treatments in HIV patients. Now, in educational technology research, I create novel learning tools and courses and evaluate their impact on student learning.
How did you get your research position?
Professor Abrams was my general chemistry lab professor during my freshman year. When I finished the course, I realized I loved chemistry enough that I became a learning assistant. While teaching, I discovered a passion for education, and when Professor Abrams gave me an opportunity to pursue education research, I excitedly accepted.
How has your research tied into your classroom learning?
My research is in education, so it’s very related to my classroom learning. On one hand, research helps me apply what I’ve learned and cement that knowledge. My research ultimately produces more educational resources that are useful for future students in these courses, which is immensely satisfying.
What kinds of extracurricular activities are you involved with?
I’m quite passionate about teaching and mentoring students. As for hobbies, I fold origami, play chess, and enjoy hiking or exploring the city.
Favorite dining spot on or around campus?
As far as on-campus dining goes, I really enjoy Bay State Underground. The comfy couches, chicken wings, and many memories with friends make it a special spot for me.
What’s one BU tip you wish you knew sooner?
If you just arrived at BU, then this is for you. Pursue your dreams, every one of them, as much as you can, every day you are here. You are in one of the greatest cities in the world to get an education, and the number of opportunities this university provides is stunning. Build an unshakable faith in yourself, and don’t be afraid to mess up a few times.
What are your post-graduation plans?
Medicine and education are my twin callings. I aspire to enter medical school to become a physician and a medical educator. In that way, I can treat patients, teach future doctors, and contribute to medical education research.