Seung A Choo

2015 Hellman Graduate Awardee

Molecular and Cell Biology
UC Berkeley

Seung A Choo, a native of South Korea, is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB). As an undergraduate student in the MCB program, Choo began volunteering in the lab to learn about biological research and its methods. “To me, laboratory is always a place with liveliness and enthusiasm,” Choo says. “I would consider myself perfectly happy if I can contribute to academia as a passionate researcher and a helpful mentor in ten years.”

Over the past two years, Choo has continued to work on mammalian sperm physiology in the lab of Professor Lishko — the Hellman Fellow Faculty member who nominated her for the fellowship. The award has boosted her confidence in her work at the university.

“This valuable support will guide me through graduate school to pursue research in areas that not only satisfies my intellectual curiosity but also has a potential to answer mankind’s unanswered questions in health and medical sciences,” Choo says.