Undergraduate Research Program

Chloe Chiu

Major: Chemistry
Mentor: Anne McCoy, Chemistry; Mark Boyer, Chemistry

Contact: cchiu820@uw.edu

Current research project: Investigating the Effects on the Spectrum of Water Molecules

 

Chloe is a fourth-year undergraduate student pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Washington and is expected to graduate in 2022. She is interested in eventually working in the medical field, specializing in either neurology or oncology. She is currently working in Dr. Rane Levendovszky’s lab learning more about MRI and assisting with clinical trials. When she’s not studying for her classes, she enjoys trying new restaurants, baking, and spending time with her family.

 

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Dr. Rane Levendovszky’s lab focuses on developing new imaging approaches and improving MRI to better detect neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. My role in the lab is to assist with clinical trials by taking and analyzing MRI scans of the participants in order to learn more about the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain.

 

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
I started doing undergraduate research during winter quarter of my freshman year. I wanted to explore different fields of research to help me gain insight in various career pathways since I was quite undecided at the time. With opportunity and timing, I was offered a spot in the McCoy Group, a theoretical and physical chemistry team studying quantum mechanics in chemical systems with the goal of exploring novel investigative tools. After my junior year, I decided that I wanted to pursue medicine and learn more about neurology, so I started looking into research labs I could join that would better fit my goals. After about a month of searching and applying to labs, I recently got a position in Dr. Rane Levendovszky’s lab, and I’m very excited to learn more about her research!

 

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
It is very common to be rejected by PIs before landing a spot in a research lab, so remember to start early, be persistent, and don’t give up! You should make a list of research labs you’re interested in, and then tailor your resume and cover letters to fit the position. Feel free to contact me if you need any advice since I recently went through the same process!