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Heather Chen

Heather Chen


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Mountain View, CA





Working in the healthcare field. I want to make an impact on patient lives through the power of laboratory research and also education on one's health. The people I would most like to help would be those from under-deserved communities

Laboratory Director at the Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Private Biotechnology Company


Musem of Vertebrate Zoology

Undergraduate Research Assistant

I skeletonized birds, which is to say that I removed the organs, skin, and feathers in order for a carcass to be cleaned to become a skeleton for a particular graduate student. The purpose of the study was to glean information of how juvenile dinosaurs developed, especially those of the order Therapoda, by observing skeletons of modern birds in different stages of development. I have also taught students for an interactive bird dissection lesson the graduate student provides for underprivileged high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Career medium 06
Career medium 06

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Undergraduate Instructor

Before most undergraduate students can start working in the field with researchers at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology (MVZ), they need at least one semester of Prep Lab class. Prep Lab Class teaches students how to make measurements, dissect a specimen, and identify organs. My fellow Undergraduate Instructors and I revolved around a demonstration featuring either a reptile, amphibian, mammal, or bird. The week after a demonstration, students would receive their own specimen. I monitored both their methods of dissection and their recording of data. Occasionally, a large mammal such as a tiger or a bear would be donated for us to skin and skeletonize, which was always fun but challenging.


Taipei Medical University

Foreign Intern

I worked as a foreign intern for the international outreach department of Taipei Medical University. My main tasks were to improve the content of the hospitals' English websites, write articles for their English newsletter (TMU Outwards), and write text for their brochures. I collaborated with the publicity department of the Wan Fang Hospital and the Taipei Medical University Hospital by translating texts and editing existing English texts. On my days off, I shadowed doctors at Wan Fang Hospital.

Career medium 05
Career medium 06

Cal Athletic Ticket Office

Student Clerk

I provided customer service for those interested in purchasing a ticket for sport events. As a Student Clerk, I was often the first person a customer called if they wanted to ask a question about Cal Athletics. At games, especially rivalry games, we needed to be particularly efficient with the processing of tickets and helping customers experiencing problems with their tickets. When the football team moved to their temporary stadium, a new ticket system was devised. My coworkers and I were integral in fine-tuning the purchasing process.


Pathology Laboratory of Lisa Coussens

Research Intern

Over the course of two summers, I assisted to a post-doctoral student with his research regarding the micro-environment of tumors. I learned how to stain tissues for protein markers, conducted tissue analysis through ImageScope, cell sorting for flow cytometry, and PCR. In addition, I was certified to perform mice euthanasia and performed perfusions to obtain organ samples. My second summer, I was published in an abstract concerning research stating a certain protein, CD20, was a target for solid tumor therapy. The research was published in the April 15th, 2012 issue of Cancer Research. I am proud to have contributed to the efforts to find ways to better target cancer tumors.

Career medium 05
Career medium 06

Essential Dental Care


Essential Dental is one of the only dental offices in Sonoma County that accepts patients who have HMO insurance. I worked as a receptionist by making appointments for patients, answering phone calls, and organizing the patient files. In addition, I trained an employee who was to be permanently hired to my position. I worked during my summer and winter breaks from school.


University of California, Berkeley

B.A., Integrative Biology (Human Biology and Health Sciences)

Maria Carrillo High School