Vibol Heng (2011)
VU Mentor: Ethan Lee
My name is Vibol Heng. I am from Cambodia, a small country in South-East Asia. After I finished high school in Cambodia, I came to the U.S. as an undergraduate student. I spent my first two years at Grambling State University before starting my junior year as a transfer student at Yale University in the fall of 2011 majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (B.S).
Research has always been something that I love, and the research in the field of Neurobiology and Cancer greatly appeals to me. In the future, I plan to get into a MD/PhD program where I can combine my interest in both medicine and research. Currently, I am a summer research intern in Dr. Ethan Lee’s lab in the department of Cell and Developmental Biology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. My research involves the study of protein turnover in the Notch pathway, the important cell signaling pathway whose disruption results in developmental defect such as cancer.
Nashville is a beautiful city, and Vanderbilt Medical Center is a wonderful place with great research facilities. During the program, I am exposed to many areas of research and get to learn more about the process of graduate school application through weekly Journal Club and Enrichment Seminars. More importantly, I get to know many people from different countries and cultures. I highly recommend VISRA to all undergraduate students who are passionate about research. This hands-on research opportunity will offer you a wonderful summer experience that you will never forget.
*Vibol begins an MD/PhD program at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Fall 2014.