Three students receive Levinson Emerging Scholar Awards

Congratulations to Hyeon-Jin Kim, Jie Yin and Kyle Curtis who have received the Levinson Emerging Scholar Award!

Hyeon-Jin Kim is a senior majoring in Applied Computational Mathematical Science – Biological and Life Sciences, biochemistry, and chemistry. In the spring quarter of his freshman year, he joined the Vaughan Group from Department of Chemistry to help enhance super resolution techniques for bioimaging. Hyeon-Jin is now working on a new collaboration between the Vaughan Group and the Kueh Group in the Department of Bioengineering. In this collaboration work, he hopes to develop a higher resolution epigenetic profiling method and use this method to study cell fate decisions in hematopoiesis. After he finishes his studies at UW, he plans to attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in quantitative biology or related discipline.

Jie Yin is currently a senior at the University of Washington studying Biochemistry and Microbiology with Departmental Honors. Her curiosity about cancer biology motivated her to join the Lagunoff lab in her sophomore year. Intrigued by viral oncogenesis, Jie studies how Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) alters endothelial cells’ metabolism to maintain viral latency. After graduation, Jie plans to do translational research that focuses on cancer treatments prior to attending medical school.

Kyle Curtis is a senior at the University of Washington, majoring in chemistry and biochemistry with minors in mathematics and physics. He joined Dr. David Mack’s lab at the UW Institute of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine in June of 2016. His current project focuses on generating a model enteric nervous system from patient derived stem cells to be able to test different drug treatment methods for the gut motility issues that plague many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After graduation, Kyle intends to pursue medical school and hopes to continue conducting research in the medical field as a physician.

 

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