Michelle is a first-year BBS graduate student of the BQBS track. She was born and raised in Beijing, China and recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her undergraduate research, she worked with Dr. James Imlay and investigated the sources of oxidative stress in E. coli. Specifically, she examined the effects of xanthine dehydrogenase, a potential candidate that can inadvertently transfer electrons to dissolved oxygen and form reactive oxygen species. She is excited to work with Dr. Wang and explore how innovative imaging techniques advance our understanding in biology. She is also interested in working across the traditional academic boundaries for her graduate study, and integrating both structural and genomic sequencing knowledge to answer biological questions. Outside of lab, she enjoys reading novels and playing detective games with her friends. Welcome, Michelle!