Previous Institution:University of California at Berkeley
I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and lived there until the age of 6, but I am ethnically Korean. My family soon moved to Southern California and I grew up in Glendale which is about 20 miles outside of LA. I went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley, and graduated class of 2006 with a major in integrative biology and minor in rhetoric. Coming to New York is my first time living outside of California in the states, so I?m half nervous and half excited for the experience.
During my last two years at Cal, I joined a genetics lab at the Children?s Hospital in Oakland Research Institute that used C. elegans as a model to explore the genetic variability in aging worms. I concluded this research project with my senior thesis before moving on to explore other research opportunities in industry in San Francisco.
I worked at two start-up antibody therapeutic companies with targets spanning oncology, auto-immunity, and anti-infectives. My primary goals were to screen and characterize antibody candidates, develop cell-based assays, and develop an ADCC enhancement technology that involves glycosylation engineering to improve the binding affinity of antibodies to effector cells. Although my research experience has primarily been in cancer and translational research, one reason for joining the biological sciences department in Columbia has been to study other diverse research topics covered by the department?s professors.
I enjoy finding great produce, cooking with seasonal ingredients, finding the great local eateries, playing tennis, reading fiction, and spending too much time reading reviews on everything else. I am already impressed with the fairway market, chewy bagels, and the overabundance of magazine and mister softee vendors on every corner, and I?m looking forward to finding more things to love and be inspired by in NYC and Columbia!