Short Bio

I was born in Hong Kong and migrated to United States when I was 16.  Before I left, I finished Form 4 at La Salle College.  I finished the last two years of my high school education at George Washington High School in San Francisco.

My bachelor (Chemistry) and doctoral (Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology) degrees were both completed at University of California Davis in 2003 and 2013, respectively.  I had the privilege to complete my dissertation under the tutelage of Dr. John Rutledge.  He encouraged me to pursue diverse research interests ranging from vascular responses to TGRL lipolysis products, to renal handling of dietary lipids, and to blood-brain barrier leakage following TGRL lipolysis products infusion.  After I completed my doctoral degree, I volunteered as a post-doc with Dr. Mike Oda studying HDL.

While I was finishing my Ph.D., I developed an interest in teaching.  I enjoyed communicating science to students and felt much satisfaction in interacting and mentoring them.  After teaching for a few semesters, I was greatly encouraged by the positive feedback and evaluations I received.  This became the impetus for me to pursue a full-time teaching career in anatomy and physiology.

I currently have three academic interests.  First is to develop a case studies based approach to teaching anatomy and physiology.  Second is to expand my knowledge of pathophysiology.  Third is to explore better integration of technology with teaching.

Outside the classroom, I am happily married with 2 daughters.  I enjoy spending time hiking and backpacking, maintaining my backpacking blog, working on my microscope and doing photography.  I am also active in helping at my church as well.


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