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Yunpeng Pang (YP)


Yantai, China
Biology and Chemistry
Neuroscience, Biophysics, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Matcha/Green Tea
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
The amazing complexity of the brain and CNS (central nervous system).

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
When I was in high school my grandma was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease, since then I started seeking related classes and research opportunities to know more about AD and other nervous system disorders. The insightful and resourceful professors.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Stay on top of things: start early and plan ahead. Enjoy the learning process.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I am always interested in learning about other people’s research and the department invites guests from other universities to talk about their current research in neuroscience in the form of a seminar, where one can ask questions and exchange ideas.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Feel free to ask and be open to listen. Talk to your professors.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
This is a hard question. But If I have to choose one, for now, it would be the topics class BIOL-460 Molecular Basis for Nervous System Disorders. The class takes the format of journal clubs where I get to present current research articles from a variety of topics such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, and disease treatment, etc. I came across so much exciting research and I get to share what I learned and my questions with peers. Plus, I think for the future it’s a very important to be able to communicate my research clearly and effectively with other people and this class offered me opportunities to polish and excise my communication and public speaking skills.

What is your SIP?
Amyloid beta is the cleavage product of amyloid precursor protein (APP) and is thought to play important role in the disease mechanism of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The key question I hope to address in my SIP is how APP is targeted to different cellular membranes such as lipid rafts during apoptosis, using human neuroblastoma cells as model system.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Graduate School.  Research in neuroscience/biochemistry.

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