Research, Teaching, and Service

Graduate Researcher (August 2018 –  ) in Dr. Gene-Wei Li’s Lab, Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

   Awards

  • MIT Biology Department Award for Excellence in Teaching (2020) 

   Teaching

  • MIT Quantitative Measurements and Modeling of Biological Systems (March 2022 – May 2022, 7.572 teaching assistant)
  • MIT Quantitative Analysis of Biological Data (January 2022 – March 2022, 7.571 teaching assistant)
  • MIT Biology (August 2021, teaching assistant training panelist)
  • MIT Introductory Biology (August 2020 – December 2020, 7.012 teaching facilitator)
  • MIT Introductory Biology (August 2019 – December 2019, 7.012 teaching assistant) [recitationsection, announcements, materials, evaluation, feedback form]
  • MIT ESL Program for Service Employees (March 2019 – March 2020, HiSET science curriculum teacher)
  • MIT High School Studies Program (February 2019 – March 2019, ‘S12817: Next Generation Biology Course’ teacher) [catalog, syllabus]

   Presentations and Conferences

  • MIT Biology IAP (January 2022, poster)
  • Regulating with RNA in Bacteria and Archaea (January 2022)
  • MIT Biology Retreat (June 2021, poster)
  • MIT Biology IAP (January 2021, poster)
  • Cold Spring Harbor Conference on Translational Control (August 2020)
  • Boston Bacterial Meeting (July 2020)
  • MIT Biophysics Retreat (October 2019, poster)
  • Boston Bacterial Meeting at Harvard University (June 2019)

   Trainings and Certifications

  • MIT Biology Pedagogy Program Certificate (January 2022 – May 2022)
  • MIT Teaching + Learning Lab’s Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (September 2021 – December 2021)
  • MIT Biophysics Certificate Program (August 2018 –  )

   Coursework

   Outreach and Extramural Mentorship

  • LEAH Knox Scholars Biomedical Research Mentoring Program (October 2021 – August 2022, mentor)
  • MIT Office of Graduate Education’s GradDiversity Program (September 2021 –  , graduate diversity ambassador and ‘GradCatalyst’ facilitator)
  • MIT Department of Biology’s PhD Application Assistance Program (September 2021 – December 2021, mentor)
  • MIT Department of Biology’s booth at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) Virtual Conference (November 2020, representative)
  • UC Berkeley Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholars Association’s panel on undergraduate research (November 2020, panelist)
  • MIT Office of Graduate Education’s booth at the SACNAS – National Diversity in STEM Virtual Conference (October 2020, representative)
  • MIT Office of Minority Education’s Laureates & Leaders Initiative for Undergraduates (August 2019 –  , mentor)
  • High School Field Trips to MIT Biology (March 2019, developmental biology lab mentor)
  • MIT Undergraduate Advice Forum on Majors (March 2019, panelist)

   Departmental Mentorship and Service

  • MIT Biology Graduate Student’s Research Rotation (April 2021 – May 2021, mentor)
  • MIT Biology Graduate Student Council (August 2019 – July 2020, representative)
  • MIT Biology BioPals Program (July 2019 – July 2020, organizer; August 2019 – December 2019, August 2020 – December 2021, mentor)
  • MIT Biology Graduate Student Retreat (March 2019 – June 2019, organizer)
  • MIT Biology Graduate Student Recruitment (February 2019 – March 2019, organizer; February 2021, panelist)

   Scientific Journalism

  • MIT Science Policy Review (interviews directorSeptember 2020 – September 2021; associate editor, October 2019August 2020) [contributions]

   Science Communication

  • Communicating Science at MIT’s training workshop for ‘3 Minute Presentations’ (January 2020, organizer)
  • Communicating Science at MIT’s training workshop on ‘Explaining Research in 30 seconds’ (December 2019, organizer)
  • Curiosity Awards at Cambridge Science Festival (April 2019, volunteer)
  • Stories in Science Gallery at Cambridge Science Festival (April 2019, volunteer)
  • Communicating Science at MIT’s ‘Tell A Scientist’ table at Cambridge Science Festival’s Science Carnival (April 2019, volunteer)

   Public Policy

  • MIT Graduate Student Council’s External Affairs Board’s Public Comment at the City of Cambridge’s Public Safety Committee Meeting (December 2021, organizer) [.pdf]

Graduate Intern (January 2018 – August 2018) in Dr. Justin Kinney’s Lab, Simons Center for Quantitative Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

   Papers

  • Talitha Forcier, Andalus Ayaz, Manraj S. Gill, Daniel Jones, Rob Phillips, Justin B. Kinney. Measuring cis-regulatory energetics in living cells using allelic manifolds. eLife 2018;7:e40618 (2018) [PubMed, eLifebioRxiv, .pdf]

   Conferences

  • Cold Spring Harbor Conference on Systems Biology: Global Regulation of Gene Expression (March 2018)

Undergraduate Researcher (March 2014 – May 2017), Undergraduate Lab Assistant (December 2013 – October 2014) in Dr. Dirk Hockemeyer’s Lab, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

   Awards

  • Honors to Date Citation (Spring, 2017)
  • UC Berkeley Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Sciences Fellow, 2016) [website profile]
  • UC Berkeley Amgen Scholar (2015)
  • Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship (2015-2016)
  • Cal Alumni Association Leadership Award Finalist (2013)

   Papers

  • Kunitoshi Chiba, Jacob M Vogan, Alex R Wu, Manraj S Gill, Xiaozhu Zhang, Kathleen Collins and Dirk Hockemeyer. Endogenous Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase N-Terminal Tagging Affects Human Telomerase Function at Telomeres In Vivo. Molecular and Cell Biology 37:e00541-16 (2017) [PubMed, MCB.pdf]

   Teaching

  • Amgen Biotechnology Experience labs at Oakland High School, Berkeley High School, and Oakland Technical High School (February 2017 – April 2017, teaching facilitator)
  • UC Berkeley Undergraduate Biology Journal Club (February 2016 – April 2017, paper presenter) [website; April 2017 presentationNovember 2016 presentationOctober 2016 presentationFebruary 2016 presentation]
  • UC Berkeley DeCal Program: Berkeley Scientific Journal Interviews Department (August 2014 – May 2016, teaching instructor for practices in science journalism)

   Presentations and Conferences

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships Conference (August 2016, oral)
  • UC Berkeley SSSCR Stem Cell Conference (October 2015poster)
  • QB3/IGI Re-writing Genomes Symposium at UC Berkeley (August 2015poster)
  • UC Berkeley Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program Symposium (August 2015poster and oral)
  • National Amgen Scholars Symposium at UCLA (July 2015)

   Trainings

  • Amgen Biotech Experience Professional Development Program (October 2015)
  • UC Berkeley QB3 Lab Fundamental Bootcamp (May 2014)

   Coursework

   Departmental Mentorship and Service

  • UC Berkeley Work-Study Student’s Research Rotation (January 2016 – June 2016, mentor)

   Scientific Journalism

  • Berkeley Scientific Journal (interviews department editor, August 2014 – May 2016; interviews department member, August 2013 – May 2014) [contributions]

   Science Communication

  • Discovery Day at Bay Area Science Festival (November 2017, set up volunteer)

   Public Service

  • Berkeley Project Site Leader (‘Rebuilding Together’, Spring 2014) and Volunteer (Spring 2014, Fall 2013) [newsletter snippet: Best Site at Berkeley Project Month 2014]
  • American Red Cross Member of the Month (March 2014), Health and Safety Committee Active Member, Leader of 3 on-campus trainings on ‘CPR/AED, First Aid, Hands-Only and Citizen CPR’ (Spring 2014)

Research Assistant (June 2012 – August 2012) in Dr. Mark A. Zern’s Lab, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

   Awards

  • CIRM Research Scholar Award (2012)

   Presentations

   Trainings

  • Certification in Good Manufacturing Practice (August 2012)
  • Bio 225: Stem Cell Biology and Manufacturing Practices (taught by Dr. Gerhard Bauer, June 2012 – August 2012)

   News


Intern (January 2012 – May 2012) in Dr. Alan Rose‘s Lab, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis.

   Awards

   Presentations

  • Davis Senior High School ROP Biotechnology Symposium (June 2012, poster)
  • Monsanto Scholarship contest at Monsanto’s Calgene Campus in Davis (May 2012, oral) [.pdf: Role of Introns in Gene Regulation and Expression]
  • UC Davis Teen Biotechnology Challenge Symposium (May 2012oral)

   Trainings

  • Yolo County ROP Certification in Biotechnology (2012)

   News


High School Student at Holmes Junior High School (April 2009 – August 2010) and Davis Senior High School (August 2010 – May 2013)

   Awards

  • AP Scholar with Distinction (2012 and 2013)
  • CSF Seymour Award Finalist (2013)
  • CSF Davis Chapter’s Active Lifetime Member Scholarship (2013)
  • NHS Davis Chapter’s Active Lifetime Member (2013)
  • India Association of Davis Scholarship (2013)
  • French Department Citation (2013)
  • Blue Devil Spirit Awards (2012 for French 4, 2013 for Language Tutors Club)
  • National Forensics League degree of Merit (2011) and degree of Honor (2012); Varsity Member in Lincoln-Douglas Debate (2010-2013, best results of 3-0 in National Qualifier and 3-1 in a local tournament)
  • Scholarship for Fine Arts (2009 for drawing and painting) from the Rotary Club of Davis

   Teaching

  • Language Tutors Club (2011-2013, founder, president, and instructor in French and English) [website] [news article]

   Coursework

   Public Service

  • California Scholarship Federation (president, 2012-2013; secretary, 2011-2012; member, 2010-2013) [website]