What attracted you to UCI BioSci?
I came to UCI as a postdoctoral research student in 2006. I was attracted by UCI’s strong track record of cutting-edge neuroscience research as well as the beautiful campus and surrounding areas.
Advice for incoming UCI BioSci students? Advice for graduating UCI BioSci students?
For incoming students, I recommend that you keep an open mind about the possible career avenues available to you after you graduate with a BioSci degree. Many want to go to medical school or become a professor so they can help people. Both of these options are great careers but be on the lookout for alternative paths you may not have considered. Oh, and go to class!
For graduating students, my advice is similar. There will be many options available to you with a BioSci degree from UCI. Career fairs and mentorship programs offered by the BioSci department are great tools for broadening your horizons and making connections with alumni who are pursuing rewarding and fulfilling careers.
Why do you feel it is important to give back to the UCI BioSci community?
I feel it is important to give back to the BioSci community because it is, in essence, raising the next generation of scientists who will go out in the world and make an impact for the betterment of all of us. I’ve made so many important connections through this community and recognize how much help I’ve had along my career path. I want to be a mentor for the next generation and pay it forward!