Jane Wane Wang

2013 Chief Curriculum Officer, 2012 Chief Curriculum Officer and Mentor

I am a four-year undergraduate at UCLA majoring in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology major and minoring in Biomedical Research.

I attended Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, CA, where I was the Opinion Editor of the student-run newspaper, The Smoke Signal, President of LEO Club, and a member of the varsity badminton team. In addition, I often tutored at a local after-school daycare, where I kindled a passion for teaching and education, and later, I took on a private tutoring position in my spare time. At the end of high school, I was honored as a class valedictorian, a National Merit Finalist, and an AP Scholar.

I began conducting undergraduate research in the winter of my freshman year in Dr. Ren Sun’s lab in UCLA’s Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, where science truly came alive for me. My project investigates how the virus MHV-68, a model for human oncoviruses EBV and KSHV, modulates the unfolded protein response within host cells to optimize its viral replication. It has been observed that the virus selectively activates portions of the UPR pathway that enhance protein folding while inhibiting detrimental branches. Previously, I studied the importance of the N-terminal signal peptide of the M1 gene in inducing ER stress, and I am currently investigating inhibitors of the UPR response. This study may have the potential to elucidate mechanisms of viral replication and lead to new therapeutic treatments that target these pathways.

In addition to my involvement in InnoWorks, I am also the President of APA Health CARE, a volunteer of the Student Stroke Team, and a member of Bread of Life Fellowship at UCLA. When I have time, I enjoy photography, badminton, reading, watching films, playing piano, and exploring restaurants and museums in LA. Interesting fact about me- I have very double-jointed fingers, so ask me to show you when you meet me!

InnoWorks is a Winner of the 2007 BRICK Awards