Daniel Wong2012 Chief Curriculum Officer
Daniel is a second-year undergraduate with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Biomedical Research. He is one of the Chief Operations Officers for UCLA's InnoWorks chapter.
Daniel always believed that access to a quality education could unlock doors to countless opportunities but saw that a first-class education was not open to everyone. This belief led him to become a summer teacher in the Breakthrough Collaborative, a nationwide nonprofit organization that aims to close the achievement gap by providing educational enrichment to motivated elementary and middle school students from underserved communities. For two summers while in high school, he taught math and Western art history to fifth and sixth graders from underfunded public schools spread across San Francisco and became more cognizant of the educational inequities that plague his hometown.
Additionally, Daniel enjoyed all of his science classes throughout high school, but this simple enjoyment transformed into a passion when he became immersed in research during his first year at UCLA. He is currently working in the Martinez-Agosto Laboratory under the Department of Human Genetics and is studying the molecular mechanism through which hypoxia influences larval growth in Drosophila melanogaster, which has implications in both angiogenesis and tumorigenesis. His time in the laboratory has shown him how undiscovered the field of science still remains, a concept that becomes increasingly difficult to keep in mind as he reads textbooks that contain nothing but facts, figures, and descriptions of known phenomena. He is part of UCLA’s Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and will be participating in the Amgen Scholars Program at his home institution during the summer of 2012.
In his free time, Daniel enjoys hanging out with friends, playing badminton, and catching up on his favorite television shows.