Celestia Fang

Hello! I am an MSTP student at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and currently am well into my third year of the PhD phase of the program. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, I then swapped coasts to complete my undergrad at Cornell University where I majored in both economics and biology. I had a chance to dive into research during undergrad, and 2 more years of working as a research assistant in the Ivashkiv lab at the Hospital of Special Surgery convinced me of my passion for biomedical science and medicine. Here at Northwestern I am studying the relationship between chromatin topology and gene expression in T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the Ntziachristos lab. At this moment I am wrapping up my first publication from my thesis lab and am excited to continue my work in a new project!

I was drawn to the Chicago Women in STEM initiative because of the wide variety of informative events that encompass career advice, outreach, scientific communication and beyond. In addition to my passion for biomedical research, I strongly believe in increasing access to STEM and education for young students striving for opportunities. Currently I am helping to run a student-led group teaching basics of medical science to high school students at the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. Through Chicago Women in STEM, I am hopeful that I will find more opportunities to advance science education and communication, and many role models who are doing the same.

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