Annie Chen

University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Award - Genetics

Annie graduated summa cum laude with a B.S in Biochemistry from Simmons University, a women-centered university located in the medical research hub of New England. As a first-generation, low-income student, she is passionate about mentoring and teaching the next generation of leaders. At Simmons, Annie was the managing editor for Mindscope Science Magazine, co-founder of Simmons Undergraduate Journal Club, tutor, and mentor for students. Annie has also spent three years studying the mammalian somatosensory neurons and neural circuitry that underlie our sense of touch and completed her senior thesis in the Ginty lab at Harvard Medical School. For her Fulbright grant, Annie will pursue an MSc degree in Quantitative Genetics and Genome Analysis at the University of Edinburgh. She looks forward to volunteering with the FirstHand Lothian and Edinburgh Headway Group, in addition to exploring the beautiful city of Edinburgh. Annie also enjoys illustration and writing and hopes to immerse herself in Edinburgh's artistic and historical community. After her Fulbright experience, Annie will pursue a career involving medicine, science, teaching, and mentorship. This experience will allow her to work on human disorders across national boundaries and provide an international perspective on the emerging advances of genomic technology.