Jen (she/her) is a third-year PhD student, EDGE Fellow, and ChEM-H CBI Sarafan Fellow in the Chemistry department. She was born and raised in Brisbane, California and received her B.S. in Chemical Biology from UC Berkeley alongside a minor in Creative Writing. In her research, Jen is interested in developing novel chemical tools and platforms that reimagine the role of chemistry in biological study, as well as working with her scientific community towards a vision of translational science that is more rigorous, more inclusive, and more accessible at every stage.
Jen believes that furthering human knowledge is just as much about discovery as it is communicating that discovery and involving all people in its progression. To that end, Jen is deeply committed to the role of teaching and mentorship within academia, and how both are informed by and in conversation with her identities as a Chinese Filipina student, artist, scientist, and first generation graduate student. Finding learning communities to externalize and explore her ideas in science were critically transformative for her ability to succeed and feel actualized within higher education, and Jen believes in the PLC Program’s unique ability to facilitate those spaces for students, as well as explore Stanford’s potential as an institution to re-evaluate and define what effective education looks like. Jen is eager to learn from her peers, share what she has learned, and work one-on-one with students in their own journeys as a Graduate Learning Consultant here at Stanford.