Alan Ly*


Ph.D. Physiology and Biophysics, University of California, Irvine, 2023 (expected)
B.S. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2016


I study how cells sense mechanical forces and convert these mechanical cues into genetic and chemical signals.


I am a first-generation college student from Los Angeles with a research background in molecular biology and biochemistry. Currently, I'm conducting my Ph.D. research in the lab of Dr. Medha Pathak, where we study cellular mechanosensation. In my spare time, I enjoy exercising, meeting people (mostly their dogs), and learning about different mythologies and cultures.

Why is science communication important to you personally?

There's a huge disconnect between the scientists that conduct research, and the people who this research impacts. Science communication is a way to bridge the growing gap between scientists and the public and educate people about the natural wonders that exist all around us. Through science communication, we can better educate society, discover and create novel scientific findings, and implement these findings to better mankind.

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