Molecular & Cell Biology
“Don’t let others define what they see as the limits of your capabilities.” Josh uses this a guiding principle in his endeavors present and future. Defining his own capabilities lead him to become co-founder and president of Robotics @ Berkeley and be an active member of countless other organizations in order to build bridges between his many interests.
Josh is continuing to build these bridges through the Fung Fellowship. In November, Josh met with Dr. Gazzaley, a leading researcher in neuroscience at UCSF, in helping secure a potential partnership for the fellowship. Josh is excited with the network he is building with the fellows and all the potential they have to advance health technology.
“A disappointing expectation” is what Alejandra describes as the motivating factor behind her work to reduce teen pregnancy. She reflects on how the lack of conversations around sexual health in her community has turned into the expectation that teens are bound to become mothers and fathers before they reach adulthood.
Building on her own personal experiences and a recent Fung Fellowship Design Challenge, Alejandra is hard at work in creating a sex education website to directly combat this expectation. The website would allow teens to ask questions anonymously and have tailored access to sexual health information. The goal to is “empower individuals to feel comfortable and confident making informed decisions.”
San Mateo, CA
Anna has always been interested in entrepreneurship and jumped at opportunities for creative thinking and design. That’s why when she heard about the fellowship it was a no-brainer for her to apply. The Fung Fellowship encourages her to sculpt solutions founded in her experiences, both academic and personal, with the overall goal of impacting and improving the lives of others.
The fellowship has also given her a place for valued support. Anna reflects on how the atmosphere of the fellowship is one where she feels like everyone is rooting for each other. The Fung Fellowship provides a niche to help protect, encourage, and foster the development of the fellows.
Omar identifies as a generalist, in that there is no common theme across his interests. His generalist approach to problems is what drew him to the fellowship. Although his experience in public health has predominantly come from a policy perspective, he has learned that in order evoke change there needs to be a collaboration across fields.
The fellowship gives him the opportunity to take part in this type of collaboration, integrating technology and public health. Being apart of the fellowship has also allowed him the opportunity to learn in a challenge-based setting, rather than a traditional classroom. When Omar isn’t taking part in his many interests, you can catch him playing soccer with his intramural team.