I am queer and I am a microbiologist. //
I’m a biology graduate student at UC Davis. My work focuses on how different cell types in the gut provide discrete nutrients for commensal and pathogenic bacteria. I’m an advocate for diversity, good mental health, and queer visibility in STEM and mentor undergraduate students interested in pursuing graduate careers. As an undergraduate just starting to navigate my identity, I really struggled with finding guidance from a perspective that addresses not only issues with coming out, but coming out in a culturally sensitive family or navigating science as a young queer scientist. I hope to one day become the cool queer Asian-American science role model that I wish I had met when I was a young blossoming queer!