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Crystal T

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Stanford University


cell biology, molecular biology, bioengineering, biology


I am a Ph.D. student studying cell size regulation at Stanford University. I am in the bioengineering program, and often apply quantitative approaches to biological questions. I like to answer questions that are fundamental to biology and cells. Outside of my research, I enjoy all forms of arts, in particular, singing and dancing. I also spend quite a bit of time keeping my houseplants happy and alive. A fun fact I have is that I once accidentally dropped my phone off of the Brooklyn bridge in New York City, and proceeded to find it afterwards.

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The relationship between cell size and senescence

Often, older/senescent cells are larger in size. What is the relationship between the two phenotype? Is that a mutual pathway or do they impact each other?

The Variability of Cell Sizes Across Human Cells

Human cells range from small red blood cells to big sperm cells. How do cell types know what their ideal size is?

Coding skills


Languages I know

Cantonese, native speaker; Mandarin, fluent

Teaching experience

Tutored and mentored students through CovEd (non-profit) for more than a year (starting March 2020). Subjects tutored spanned sciences and languages.


Work experience

Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (2019 - 2019)
Summer Research Scholar
Janchor Partners (2020 - 2020)
Healthcare Analyst
Procter and Gamble (2018 - 2018)
Research and Development Intern


Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Stanford University
MS Master of Science (2022)
Stanford University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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