Fiona Qu: Eunice Wu Memorial Scholar

Undergraduate Summer Research Scholar

Fiona Qu portraitFiona Qu, class of 2019, is an undergraduate member of Prof. Eric Oldfield’s lab. Fiona grew up in Boston, raised by Chinese immigrant parents whose emphasis on learning was instrumental in shaping her own educational outlook:

“Their drive and passion for learning encouraged me to find fields of study which inspired the same sense of curiosity. I was also lucky to have teachers and mentors who encouraged me to study deeply and broadly across all disciplines. This philosophy of learning for the sake of learning has served me well, encouraging me to become involved in campus opportunities beyond the classroom.”

“I chose to study chemistry because I believe it is an increasingly relevant and important field to be in. There is so much to learn and accomplish within the field itself as well as in the intersection and collaboration with other scientific disciplines. I am doing currently research at the U of I involving enzymes in the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathway, which are important potential targets for new and novel drugs combating the pressing issue of antibiotic resistance. I particularly enjoy learning new scientific techniques and developing the skills needed to design and conduct successful experiments, skills I will hopefully take with me to graduate school in the future.”

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