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Name: Wilson H.

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Anticipated Major(s): Molecular and Cellular Biology

How did you discover Hopkins and why did you decide to apply ED? I discovered Hopkins through various scientific research papers in fields that I happened to research. After attending their college fair and virtual tour, I knew that the students embodied the sort of passion and energy for biology that I wished be around. With Hopkins serving in the forefront of immunotherapy and drug delivery vehicle development, I knew that I wanted to apply ED to Hopkins.

Is there a quote or motto that inspires you? What is it and what does it mean to you? “Nature didn’t select me. I selected myself, by harnessing my nature.” To me, it’s a quote that challenges the idea that we don’t have control over our lives, and whether fate or destiny truly exists, this quote pushes me to continue on with my journey to reach an answer for myself.

What crazy invention would you love to design? I would want to design a microchip with millions of microwells that each holds a magnetic lipid-bead complex capable of capturing any biological material. Adding substrates and molecules to produce a signal in each well, I hope to directly prepare the microchip and plug it into a laptop to obtain thorough diagnostic analysis of a patient. An even crazier invention would be developing human photosynthesis. Imagine just having to drink water and lie in the sun inhaling carbon dioxide to survive. It just seems like a much more relaxing and quiet alternative than having to spend hours a day eating food.

What are you most excited for about college and/or coming to Hopkins? There are just a lot of biology specific courses that I’m really excited to take at Hopkins. I feel that courses like Immunobiology can finally solidify my background in the topic, since I mostly relied on self-studying to do that sort of research. Fundamentals of Drug Discovery and Development is another course that just covers a topic that I’ve always wondered about and never got the time to fully uncover the process behind.

What is the accomplishment you’re most proud of? (big or small!) So far, I think the biggest accomplishment I’m proud of is leading our school’s iGEM team to victory and sweeping the awards at the 2020 iGEM Virtual Giant Jamboree.

Complete this sentence: “I would not be here on this journey to Hopkins if it weren’t for _____________ (person/place/thing/experience/etc.).” My Dad. If it wasn’t for all the life lessons and scientific knowledge he passed down to me through his patient storytelling and responses to my endless inquiries, I would’ve not even been close to where I am today.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (dream big!) President, CEO, and Founder of a successful biotech company, investment bank, and fashion brand.