University of Arizona
Bachelor of science in neuroscience with emphasis in neurobiology
Class of 2022
Research interest & expertise: Cancer health disparities in adolescent and young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. Cell signaling pathways involved in cancer and therapeutics.
I am from Kailua, Hawaii. Although I miss home, Indianapolis and the community at IUPUI has been very welcoming. There is so much to do, and I am excited to explore and meet new people over the next two years. My interest in biomedical research and care was ignited during a poignant childhood experience. When I was 10 years old, I would accompany my older sister to visit her friend who had Stage IV neuroblastoma. Despite my youthful optimism, I couldn’t fully grasp the gravity of the diagnosis at the time. Witnessing his struggle and subsequent passing profoundly impacted me. This was my first experience with death and planted a seed of curiosity within me to delve into the realm of medicine and healing. As a result, during my undergraduate studies, I researched cancer health disparities in adolescent and young adult cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. As an IADEP scholar, I am excited to get into the hard-core science aspect of research and learn about cancer on a cellular and molecular level. I hope to take what I have learned from my experiences and the knowledge I will gain throughout IADEP into medical school. Thanks to my sister’s friend, I want to focus my care on pediatrics and specialize in pediatric oncology or pediatric surgery.