By Jennifer Chen, Participant, 2011 U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge
I am very fortunate to have participated in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge. In addition to presenting my research to professionals involved in all aspects of biotechnology, I had the incredible opportunity of understanding the work of my peers, who are similarly enthusiastic about the diverse ways in which science can affect society. Furthermore, the BioGENEius program generously gave me the opportunity to attend the BIO International Convention in Washington, D.C., where I witnessed how biotechnology continues to transform industry and academia.
I am now a rising sophomore at Harvard College majoring in human developmental and regenerative biology. Having been inspired by the range of research interests that my peers are undertaking, I seek to keep expanding my horizons as I pursue my studies. In addition, I am excited by the ways in which I can impact the world through biotechnology. To explore my interest in intersection of research and medicine, I am currently investigating a cancer therapy that leverages the body’s own immune system to identify tumors.
A big thank you to the BioGENEius program for an amazing and formative experience. I am very grateful for my time in the program and am excited for the high school students whom the program will continue to encourage in their intellectual pursuits!
Jennifer Chen is a rising sophomore at Harvard College studying human developmental and regenerative biology. She participated in the U.S. National BioGENEius Challenge last year and is eager to be returning as an alumni judge. An avid researcher, Jennifer has pursued projects that sought to reduce the backlog of forensic DNA samples and better understand genetic mutations associated with heart muscle disease. She is currently investigating a cancer therapy that leverages the body’s own immune system to identify tumors. In addition, Jennifer is passionate about eradicating hepatitis B, mentoring, and playing the flute.