My road in life has been direct.
Raised by parents who were refugees of the Vietnam War.
Describes herself as an introvert with a passion for problem-solving, which is what drew her to studying the sciences.
Was initially interested in pursuing marine biology, but chronic seasickness dissuaded her from making that her career.
Attended UCLA and earned a bachelor's degree in molecular cell and developmental biology.
Interned at a lab doing research on drug development for cancer patients, which inspired her to pursue working in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
After graduating, she immediately went to graduate school at UCSD and received a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences.
Got a job working at aTyr Pharma, starting as a scientist doing research and eventually working her way up to associate director.
Now works as the director of pre-clinical innovation at Lumos Pharma, overseeing the development of drugs and treatment programs for underserved patients with rare diseases.
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