Jerry Lou2012 Co-Director, 2011 Mentor, Curriculum Officer
I am currently a sophomore undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Biomedical Research at UCLA. During high school, I was a member of the varsity tennis team, symphony orchestra, and treasurer for the local American Red Cross High School chapter. I found a passion in teaching during my rising Junior year summer. I was named to my high school’s Principal’s Recognition Honor Roll and AP Scholar with Distinction.
The following summer brought me into the mesmerizing world of science and research as a research volunteer working in Dr. William H. Yong’s lab in the division of Neuropathology. My initial research project focused on developing a technology called radio-frequency identification tags which are currently used in retail stores such as Walmart to track their products. My paper evaluating whether these innovative tags could help automate work and eliminate need for human labor in pathology labs was published in the Journal of Pathology Informatics. I am currently working on an independent project researching the possibility that the retinol binding protein 1 gene may be a viable prognostic biomarker for predicting clinical response to Accutane (13-cis retinoic acid) chemotherapy, contributing to the improvement of glioma brain cancer treatment.
At UCLA, in addition to volunteering in InnoWorks, I currently serve on the Triage and Public Health committee of the Global Medical Brigades UCLA chapter, serve as the Study Coordinator of the Student Stroke Team, and am an active member of the Asian American Christian Fellowship (AACF).
In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, practicing the violin, and skiing during the winter. An avid globe trekker, I have gone to exotic destinations such as Tanzania, Kenya, Egypt, China, France, Britain, and Israel. Last summer I traveled as a medical volunteer with Global Medical Brigades to aid Honduran villagers who lack access to medical care. I plan to visit Ghana and hope to explore more locations.