When I was two years old, my parents emigrated with my brother and me from China to the United States in search of better opportunities for our family; my parents started and continue to grow their business after two decades of hard work and sacrifice, and my brother works at his dream job as a Ph.D.-level engineer. The United States is one of the only countries in the world where the stories of immigrants navigating change and taking chances are central to its narrative and identity.

In Chinese, United States translates literally to “Beautiful Country” and nowhere is this truer than in the Pacific Northwest; I feel privileged to call Oregon my home and its natural beauty is my escape and place of rejuvenation and renewal. I love to hike, bike, ski, kayak and take photos (xyskis.tumblr.com).

Prior to entering medical school, I attended New York University and Oregon State, graduating from Oregon State’s Bioengineering program summa cum laude. Between undergrad and medical school, I worked as a chemical engineer for two years in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry solving drug bioavailability challenges and driving technology development in biologics.

As part of the inaugural class of the new medical curriculum at OHSU, I am excited to be part of – and play a role in – one of the many exciting changes happening in medicine and medical education across the United States. I serve MED18 as class president and am passionate about supporting my classmates and OHSU’s continued efforts at growing a world-class institution. I have strong interests in diagnostic imaging, fluid mechanics and dynamics and medical devices.