MyDuyen Tran

MCB Ambassador

Anticipated graduation date: May 2022

Minor: Gender and Women's Studies Minor

Research PI: Dr. Daniela Zarnescu

Research Topic: Aging and stress is an unavoidable part of life, but how it affects our brains is less clear. I work with fruit flies as a model for aging and neurodegeneration in Dr. Zarnescu's Lab. We are interested in how stress resilience play a role in aging and cellular stress response both in healthy and diseased brains.

Why Are you an MCB Ambassador? I received a lot of support from my mentor in MCB as well as from our wonderful advisors in our department when I decided to major in MCB. I've learned a lot from working with many incredible people, navigating school, extracurriculars and lab work and feel that I can pass on some of that knowledge on to future MCB students!

What makes MCB great? The support and mentorship opportunities are wonderfully helpful. I also think we have an amazing set of faculties that are interested in their students' success!

What are your hobbies and interests? I do boxing and kickboxing whenever I have time to workout. I am also a novice DND player.

What outreach or service projects are you involved in? UBRP Ambassador (President 2021, Pen Pal Coordinator 2020) WSMP Mentor (2020)

What honors or awards have you received? Galileo Scholarship Awards (2020, 2021) MCB Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2020)