James Yixuan ZhengCo-Director and Curriculum Chair -2018
James is a senior majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology and Public Health. He grew up in Fairfield, California, where the public schools he attended lacked resources in terms of STEM education. As a result, he is especially thrilled to be able to help put on such a camp for underprivileged students in the Berkeley area.
James enjoys volunteering for the Berkeley-Oakland community. He was a Blood Services Committee Coordinator for American Red Cross at Cal and is currently a Shift Lead for the Health Advocates Program at Highland Hospital, which aims to connect low-income clients to food, housing, and other social services. Among the sciences, James is passionate about cancer research. As a researcher at the Ortiz Lab, James works on projects involving transcriptomics of malignant melanoma, investigating population-level causes of poor melanoma survival in the API population, and identifying melanoma biomarkers. He also teaches a course at UC Berkeley called A Primer on Molecular Biology. After graduation, James hopes to attend medical school and become a physician-scientist. In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports like tennis, table tennis, basketball, and soccer.