I am gay and I am a biomedical engineer. //
I’m a PhD student and NSF GRFP Fellow in Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University. My research investigates tissue engineering strategies to promote scarless tendon repair. I received my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Dallas. Navigating my undergraduate years as a racial minority in a conservative environment played a significant role in cultivating my self-awareness. I was openly “out” when applying to graduate school but initially hesitated to connect my applications with my identity as a gay Asian man. While attending a LGBTQ+ social event at a national conference in my field, I saw firsthand the diversity and visibility of brilliant researchers at all career stages. These experiences motivate my work to increase LGBTQ+ visibility in higher education through outreach, mentoring, and other extracurricular involvements at the national and local levels. My long-term goal is to become a tenure-track professor at a research-intensive institution.