Editorial Board

Biological Sciences Branch

CaptureBrian Cheng, Founder of (sci)



Email: briancheng@uchicago.edu

Education: BSc Biomedical Sciences – University of Ottawa 2007-2011

PhD Microbiology – University of Chicago, 2011-present

My life story is complicated, as I have spent a fair amount of time in 3 different countries. I grew up in Hong Kong. Then I moved to Ottawa, Canada for high school and undergraduate degree. During my undergraduate years at the University of Ottawa, I worked at the Ruddy Canadian Cardiovascular Genetics Center with Dr. Alexandre Stewart to investigate an important regulatory factor of angiogenesis. In 2011, I was admitted to the University of Chicago in Chicago, USA to pursue my PhD in microbiology. My current research with Dr. Robert Daum, Dr. Susan Boyle-Vavra and Dr. Christopher Montgomery focuses on the immune protection against Staph aureus infection. Between 2011-2013, I worked with Dr. Raymond P. Roos to investigate the IL-12/23 aspect of Theiler’s virus induced demyelination. I was awarded the MS Society of Canada Doctoral Studentship Award in 2013. I was  featured in this blog site by Dr. Karen Lee after attending the endMS Network conference in 2013. In the industrial setting, I participated in the Strategy Lab at Booth School of Business to work with AbbVie Inc. I am currently a fellow of the Chicago Innovation Mentor program. I am also an incoming innovation fund associate at the Chicago Innovation Exchange.

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Angela Tam

Education: BSc Psychology, Minor in Philosophy, University of Ottawa, 2007-2011

MSc Neuroscience, Queen’s University, 2011-2013

PhD Neuroscience, McGill University, 2013-present

In my research, I use neuroimaging to examine different aspects of aging and dementia within the human brain.  In my master’s, I used fMRI to look at age-related changes in attention.  Currently for my PhD, I am using resting state fMRI to look at the functional connectivity of different networks in older adults at familial risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Ultimately, I think I want to find out how the brain changes with healthy aging and age-related cognitive impairment in order to find measures that can delay the onset of dementia in older adults.  … Also because I’ve come to the realization that I can’t make a living off of sitting by lakes and listening to music while contemplating the value of politics, morals, and ethics in society.

photoDavid Busse

Education: Education: BSc Medical Microbiology, University of Leeds, 2011-present

I am an undergraduate student from southwest England, studying up north, but currently working in industry for the pharmaceutical company Novartis. Here I am involved in research into respiratory diseases. I have a keen interest in research, especially bacteriology and antibiotic resistance (both at a molecular level, and as a global issue), but also in science communication and in engaging the public with scientific ideas and issues.

ashley huiAshley Hui

Education: BSc Life Sciences and Mathematics, Minor in Visual Arts, University of British Columbia, 2007-2013

MSc, University of Toronto, 2013-present

I met my two lovely and dedicated co-bloggers at the University of Ottawa before I transferred to UBC.  My undergraduate adventure has been a rocky one: my freshman and  sophomore years were  in Ottawa studying Honours Biomedical Sciences with a Minor in Psychology.  However, I had felt that despite my family’s love and support – as well as the amazing life-long friends I had made in my hometown – something was amiss in my academic life.  My 2009 was spent soul-searching; and I finally realized I desperately needed to integrate my passion for fine arts with my studies in science.  I discovered a specialized graduate program that would do just this: medical illustration.  I ended up moving across the country to pursue a Minor in Visual Arts my undergraduate studies in order to fully prepare myself for this MSc.

My interests in science lie more with gross anatomy, histology, and human physiology: simply put, form and function.  As a fresh UBC Alumna whose 2012 is shaping up to be a sort of limbo year between BSc and MSc, I hope to provide some perspective into my opportunities in medical illustration thus far.

Social Sciences and Humanities Branch

auggieAugust Samie

Education: AA – Pierce College, 2007-2008

BA – California State University Northridge, 2008-2011

MA CMES – University of Chicago, 2011-2013

PhD NELC – University of Chicago, 2013-present

August Samie holds an MA in Middle Eastern history from the University of Chicago. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His research interests include Central Asian language policies, Turkic orthography and linguistics. Auggie began teaching with CLI in 2013, in the Samarqand program. 2014 will be his first summer in the Tempe program.


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