Shuyi Gin Wang


NanJing, China // Irvine, CA

Academic Interests

Statistical science, math, and biology

Fun Fact

I draw!

My interest in biology first began at the zoo. The encounter with the naked mole rat, a cancer resistant, eusocial mammal, sparked a strong curiosity in me to find out more about this species. As I began to read more and more about their tumor resistance, I developed an interest in studying cancer for its pervasiveness in shaping the lives of all living organisms. My desire to learn beyond the textbooks led me to join Dr. Bruce Blumberg’s lab at University of California, Irvine, where I researched the relationship between oncogenesis and inhibition of the Steroid and Xenobiotic Receptor (SXR). My lab experience not only exposed me to numerous molecular biology techniques and the academic research environment, but also helped me to realize my attraction to research that goes beyond empirical studies. In the coming semester, I hope to explore the field of statistics and the realm of data analyses, while continuing my passion in biology.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

I have high doubts on my ability to imagine something completely uninfluenced by my previous experiences. Therefore, I believe that collaboration is integral in that it allows the intersection of different beliefs, which generate novel ideas. SPIRE not only generously offers academic support, but also provides a collaborative environment through its dinner series and seminar class. I am more than excited to be part of SPIRE and explore the opportunities that it brings.

Shuyi Gin Wang