Taylor Boyd

University of Washington, Class of 2016
Intended Bioengineering Major

Taylor graduated from Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA in 2012. As a high school student she was an active member of the National Honors Society as well as the Varsity Track and Dance teams. She was also the President and Founder of the Overlake Hospital Auxiliary: Touching Tiny Hearts.

Education, Honors, and Awards

Research Interests

As an ALVA intern during the summer of 2012, Taylor conducted research alongside Dr. Wendy Raskind, Mark Matsushita, and Dr. Yingzhang Chen in the Department of Medicine. Her research centered around Dystonia Chorea, a very rare genetic disorder characterized by recurrent, aimless, uncontrollable, and oftentimes painful movements of chorea, in addition to dystonia, which is defined as sustained muscle spasms that result in contortions of the body. The goal of her research was to identify genes that are responsible for such rare neurogenetic diseases through exome sequencing and linkage analysis. Taylor continued her research project with the Raskind Lab after the conclusion of ALVA as an undergraduate researcher in the GenOM Undergraduate Research Program.

Taylor's future plans include medical school, after which she would like to work with an organization like "Doctors without Borders" so that she can bring modern medical care to impoverished communities.

Research Projects

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