Pui Man Rosalind Lai '11

Rosalind is currently attending Harvard Medical School.

I am a recent graduate with a major in Neuroscience. I have always been fascinated with working in a research lab, and decided to come to Wellesley, which would give me the opportunity to fully engage in scientific research. I joined Professor Tetel's lab in the spring of my first year, and have worked in the lab throughout my four years at Wellesley.

In the lab, I worked on a collaboration project with Dr. Angelo Poletti (University of Milan), Dr. Larry Denner (The University of Texas Medical Branch), and Dr. Drew Webb (Wellesley College), to study the role of a dihydrotestosterone, 5 alpha-androstane-3 beta 17 beta-diol (3beta-Adiol), an androgen metabolite which binds to estrogen receptor beta (ERβ) and the coactivators in activating estrogen receptors signaling to inhibit cell migration of prostate cancer cells. I developed a pull-down assay to examine the interactions of the coactivators in DU-145 prostate cancer cells with ER and recently completed an honors thesis for this project.

In addition to working in the lab, I enjoyed being active in the Wellesley community through participating in various student organizations. I initiated the Wellesley Children's Literacy Initiative with UNICEF (WCLI UNICEF) in 2008, in the hopes of raising literacy awareness on campus and donating books to children in under-deserved areas.

I was also the president of the on-campus pre-medical society, the Hippocratic Society. I had been an active member of the organization since my sophomore year, and was the Missions Committee Co-Chair last year. In the summer of 2009, I arranged a volunteer trip to the only pediatric hospital in Nepal, Kanti Children's Hospital, where three members and I volunteered and job-shadowed for ten weeks. In March 2010, three other members and I also volunteered at Hogar Esperanza, a home for patients with late stages of AIDS, in San José, Costa Rica.