Yangyiran (Wendy) Xie
Yangyiran (Wendy) is a first-generation medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience and Molecular, Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University. After graduating from a public high school in China, Wendy did her freshman year at UCLA. She then attended Johns Hopkins as a sophomore and studied Biochemistry at University of Oxford in her junior year. During college, she spent a lot of time in the lab, studying the resistance of chemotherapy in breast cancer with the 2019 Nobel laureate Dr. Gregg Semenza. Wendy has a great passion for promoting education in disadvantaged areas in China, and served as the Vice Chair of Public Relations for the NGO Future China. She was able to present their accomplishments at the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference. After graduating from college, she worked as a research assistant at Wilmer Eye Institute, studying the molecular mechanism of diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa. During her free time, Wendy loves photography and enjoys visual arts. Talk to Wendy if you have questions about volunteering/shadowing abroad, studying abroad as a premed, and finding jobs as F-1 visa holder!