I have been fortunate enough to spend the past four years studying Biomedical Engineeringat the University of Rochester. I have also experienced classes in Electrical Imaging, Optics,Nanotechnology, and Public Health because of my interest in medical imaging and healthcare.Additionally, I am part of the University of Rochester’s prestigious Take Five Scholars program.The program provides a tuition-free fifth year as an undergraduate to study a student-designedinterdisciplinary program unrelated to the student’s major. My Take Five program is called”Chinese Language and Culture” and involves language, anthropology, dance, history, and religionclasses.
I chose to focus my program on Chinese because it is the most widely spoken nativelanguage in the world, and was something I did not have prior knowledge about. The Take Fiveprogram has provided an enriching experience that has helped me become a more well-roundedstudent and individual.My second semester at the University of Rochester I began working in the BiomedicalSpectroscopy Lab of Dr. Andrew Berger, of the Institute of Optics. Over the next seven semesters,I had the opportunity to work with a variety of graduate students on the lab’s unique IntegratedRaman and Angular Microscope system and contribute to the theses of three different graduatestudents and a variety of presentations. As the graduate students I worked with mostly hadbackgrounds in physics and optics, I was able to bring insight into the biological aspect of ourresearch. The spring of my junior year, I began working for Dr.
Danielle Benoit, a professor ofBiomedical Engineering who focuses on therapeutic biomaterials research. My project in her labfocused on examining nanoparticle cytotoxicity, size, and stability, and contributed to twomanuscripts (one of which is not yet in print but has been accepted). This experience helped megrow as a researcher and taught me about common challenges in drug delivery research. My mostrecent research experience was this past summer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaignworking in the Biophotonics Imaging Lab of Dr.
Stephen Boppart. While I had mentorship fromgraduate students, this project came with much more freedom than any of my previousexperiences, and allowed me to design my own experimental plan. The goal of my project was toexamine what kind of dynamics could be observed by altering the scanning mechanism of an OCTsystem.
I presented my original research at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meetingin October 2017.Through my research experiences over the past four years, I learned that I enjoy researchand working in an academic setting. I’ve also had extensive experience as a teaching assistant in avariety of classes at the University of Rochester, and had other experiences involving education.My growing passions for research and education have inspired me to seek a PhD in the field ofBiomedical Engineering, ideally focusing on biomedical optics or nanotechnology. Pursuinggraduate school at Yale University would fully equip me to complete my career goals of becominga professor and conducting research to increase accessibility to quality healthcare around the globeand promoting a positive learning environment for students and the community. Yale has anamazing program with vast resources and a lot of research that aligns with my interests.
I amespecially interested in Dr. Choma’s research using biomedical optics to improve clinicaldiagnoses, Dr. Zucker’s project on computer vision, and Dr. Salzman’s work usingnanoengineering to improve healthcare. I am also interested in being considered for internalfellowships from Yale. Attending graduate school at Yale and having the opportunity to participatein the research there would be an amazing experience for me, and I also believe that with myunique background I would be an asset to the program.