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Graduation Caps

QCB GRADUATES

CLASS OF 2022

"A lot of the best parts of my USC experience I can attribute to the QBIO program. I have taken many classes that are incredibly interesting and engaging, albeit tough, and met lots of other intelligent, driven students through QBIO. The faculty have been so supportive in all my pursuits, and I was able to receive a lot of guidance that I probably would not have gotten otherwise."

ALEXANDER HILL

CLASS OF 2022

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Discover why the QBIO major at the University of Southern California is one of the leading pre-med, pre-grad and pre-industry programs in the country.

Join one of the leading pre-med, pre-grad and pre-industry programs in the country as a QBIO major at the University of Southern California.

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Jaehyung Choi  

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Joining Amazon as a Software Development Engineer 

“After bouncing around between several different majors, I am extremely grateful to have found a community as interesting and friendly as QBIO. I am so glad to have been part of this amazing community and to have learned really cool science, and my only regret is that I did not join earlier. I earned my B.S. in Quantitative Biology with a minor in Computer Science in December 2021, and will receive my M.S. in Computer Science in May 2022. Thank you for all the opportunities and memories!”

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Bryson Choy

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I will be heading up the coast to UCSF for my PhD in Bioinformatics-- my research goal in graduate school is to develop novel experimental and computational tools to advance our understanding of 3D genomics, nuclear organization, and gene regulation in health and disease.

"I joined Quantitative Biology before I even arrived at USC as a freshman, excited by the chance to combine my interests in biology and computer science. I never knew what scientific research involved until I joined the QBIO major, but my mentors-- Remo Rohs, Seva Katritch, and Geoff Fudenberg-- have provided me with valuable opportunities to find my research interests and have helped me realize my excitement for biomedical research, supporting my goal of becoming a scientist during my 4 years at USC."

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Ari Cohen

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I plan to work in cybersecurity—and I am particularly interested in protecting consumer health data."

"I joined QBIO in 2018. I graduated this past December with degrees in Computer Science/Business Administration and Quantitative Biology, as well as a minor in Applied Computer Security."

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Patrick Condie

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I am graduating with a double major in Quantitative Biology and Applied Math. I am interested in bioinformatics and data science, and plan on taking a gap year to explore my career options before deciding to apply to grad school.

“I am grateful to have been a part of QCB and for the opportunity to learn biology through an interdisciplinary curriculum. I also appreciate the research opportunities and learned a lot through my research mentor, Dr. Rong Lu. I was able to gain experience applying computational methods to research in stem cell biology and feel that it has heavily inspired my career goals.”

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Alexander Hill

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I was able to find a field that I truly enjoy within the QCB department, and it’s one of the most important reasons why I feel confident and excited to pursue an advanced degree in Bioinformatics at UC Santa Cruz.

"A lot of the best parts of my USC experience I can attribute to the QBIO program. I have taken many classes that are incredibly interesting and engaging, albeit tough, and met lots of other intelligent, driven students through QBIO. The faculty have been so supportive in all my pursuits, and I was able to receive a lot of guidance that I probably would not have gotten otherwise."

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Jonathan Le 

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Planning to attend medical school at the USC Keck School of Medicine 

“I am a senior majoring in Quantitative Biology while also pursuing a PDP in Healthcare Decision Analysis. Switching into QBIO has been one of the best decisions I have made at USC, as it has allowed me to meet some of my closest friends and academic mentors. The education and skills I have gained through the QBIO program have allowed me to conduct cancer research at the Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine, where I have worked as a research intern for the past three years. Moreover, the connections I have made within the QBIO community also gave me the opportunity to start a new student organization called Healthcare Technology and Analytics at USC, which I co-founded with Eric Yang in order to build a diverse community of students who all shared an interest in the intersection of healthcare and technology. QBIO has been one of the defining aspects of my college experience, and I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had and the relationships I have developed.”

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Jared Khan 

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Finish progressive master’s degree at USC 

"I'm incredibly grateful to everyone in the QBIO community who has made my college experience so memorable and exciting. Thank you to all who have made QBIO what it is today!"

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Sunny (Hyo Sun) Lee 

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I will be working as a product designer in LA.

“I am graduating with a B.S. in QBIO and a minor in user experience. I am extremely grateful for the support from the QCB Department that helped me achieve all of my goals!”

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Chris Neely

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Seek employment in bioinformatics software engineering and research

“I transferred to USC from Rio Hondo College. USC quickly became my home, and the QBIO program provided classes and direction that helped me grow. At USC, I published the software MetaSanity, and have two other tools awaiting publication.”

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Harinarayana Mellacheruvu 

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Plan to finish my masters next year and apply to PhD programs in computational biology and bioinformatics.

"I did research in the Kuhn Hicks lab focusing on detecting non-small cell lung cancer early using a machine learning approach with circulating tumor cell data.”

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Rithik Rajani

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: After graduation, Rithik will be joining tech startup, Arena, as a software engineer in New York. He hopes to further build his skill set with the goal of founding his own company in the future!

"Rithik graduated USC with a double major in Quantitative Biology and Computer Science. Throughout his time at USC, he has applied his foundational knowledge from Quantitative Biology to a variety of experiences at USC. Rithik worked in the USC Michelson Center: Convergent Science Institute in Cancer to use machine learning to determine if morphology from cells of blood biopsy data can be used to determine prostate cancer staging and treatment resistance. Rithik also interned at Apple as a Software Engineer Intern on the Siri Health Team using knowledge from both of his majors to build a general wellness assessment for Siri users."

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Sydney Rashid

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I will be continuing to work in the medical field in preparation for applying to medical school this cycle. I would love to continue biomedical research and contribute to the advancement of our medical knowledge in the future.

“I have been so lucky to be a part of such a dynamic field of study, but more than that, I got to be a part of the Qbio community with unparalleled mentorship and friendships. I was able to research topics I would have never thought possible without the guidance from a wonderful faculty.”

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Christopher Simons

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Although I am finishing my bachelor's degree, I am excited to continue my academic efforts this upcoming year pursuing a master's in QCB

"I was happy to participate in the inaugural QBIO public data analysis program, and I have spent the past two semesters in Dr. Charleston Chiang's lab developing a computational pipeline to directly analyze imputation panel performance"

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Darius Scott

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Finish master’s degree in Quantitative and Computational Biology.

"For my QBIO research, I worked in Andy McMahon's lab where I focused on analyzing single-cell ATAC-seq and RNA-seq data for chronic kidney disease. Upon graduation, I plan to work in Bioinformatics at a Biotech company."

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Jaclyn Ready

B.S. QBIO '21, M.S. QCB '22

Post Graduation: After graduating, I started as a Decision Analytics Associate at ZS Associates in San Francisco. I have been using my analytical skills to create business solutions for biotech and pharma companies within clinical trial operations.

“I had such a great experience in the QCB program. I worked in Adam MacLean's lab under PhD student Megan Rommelfanger exploring stem cell lineage decisions. I enjoyed working with both of them, and even after moving to San Francisco, Megan and I still hang out!”

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Sydney Suzuki

B.S. QBIO '20, M.S. QCB '22

Post Graduation: I am currently working as a clinical research coordinator at a cancer hospital while I decide what is next for me. 

"I was part of the first graduating class in the undergraduate program and recently finished the master's program. The QCB department has truly done so much for me throughout my time in both programs, and I am forever grateful."

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Jena Tran

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: I've loved being a part of the incredibly close QBIO family, and I'm excited to be pursuing the M.S. in Quantitative and Computational Biology at USC in the following year. 

"During my time in the Quantitative Biology program at USC, I loved learning about both computer science and biology and being able to truly customize my courses to align with my individual passions. Since 2019, I worked at the Kuhn Lab in a number of exciting projects including, but not limited to, the enumeration of rare events in oligometastatic breast cancer and the development of a computational analysis pipeline to analyze the immune landscape of Multiple Myeloma patients (and a manuscript is in the works!). Outside of academics, I also have worked on the E-Board of several different clubs on campus, including the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment and Healthcare Technology and Analytics Club."

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David Wen

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Planning to go to UCSF for graduate school to continue studying biology.

“I'm from the Bay Area, and I've been doing developmental biology and stem cell research at the Mariani and Fraser labs. I think QBIO has provided me with many research opportunities and the necessary skills to use modern research tools.”

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Eric Yang

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: Joining Roivant Sciences, a healthcare and biopharmaceutical company 

“My name is Eric Yang and I am a senior studying Quantitative Biology, with a minor in Health Innovation in the Iovine and Young Academy. I switched into QBIO my freshman year and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. My QBIO experience has been filled with interesting classes, applicable skills, caring professors and faculty, supportive friends, and a tight-knit community. QBIO prepared me to pursue computational research at the USC Convergent Science Institute in Cancer as well as healthcare consulting. It also inspired me to create Healthcare Technology and Analytics at USC with Jonathan Le, a fellow QBIO student, to bring together students with diverse backgrounds and foster collaboration across disciplines in the space of healthcare. I feel so lucky to have been a part of the QBIO community, and I am excited to use the knowledge and connections that I have made through QBIO to make an impact on the world.” 

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Dana Zamat

B.S. QBIO '22

Post Graduation: After graduation, I plan on working in the bioanalytics industry, and then my goal is to pursue a Masters's and Ph.D. degree here at USC! 

"I joined the QBio department my sophomore year here at USC and immediately found a family. I am surrounded by intelligent and like-minded peers who were willing to help me through the rigorous curriculum. The department and professors are very approachable and always available to assist or lend a hand; something I am endlessly grateful for."

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