Damond Ng2012 Chief Sponsorship Officer
Damond Ng is a third-year undergraduate majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in Public Health at UCLA. He is passionate about becoming a pediatrician to improve the healthcare of children and give back to the communities he grew up in.
In addition to InnoWorks, Damond volunteers in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Ronald Reagan Medical Center, tutors middle schoolers in the Watts Tutorial Program, serves as Fundraising Chair of UCLA Habitat for Humanity, surveyed patients in the Department of Surgery & Orthopedics as part of the Assessing Residents' C-ICARE Medical Program, and conducts research in the Tomas Ganz MD, PhD lab. Damond's project focuses on the connection between hepcidin, an iron regulatory hormone discovered 10 years ago, and the onset of colorectal cancer. This research adds weight to an emerging body of evidence that iron at the level of cancer tissue may amplify carcinogenesis. Determination of a hepcidin molecular marker may be used as guidance toward individualized therapy for cancer patients.
In his free time, Damond enjoys playing basketball, partaking in food competitions, and traveling. He recently went to New Orleans, Louisiana to rebuild homes in the Ninth Ward and other areas still affected by Hurricane Katrina.