Yi-Hua (Teresa) Tsai
I am a graduate student in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology Graduate group. I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and I graduated from Taipei Medical University in 2014 with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science & Biotechnology. I gained profound interest in biomedical research when I got an internship opportunity to experience as a clinical intern at Cathay General Hospital, Taipei. With the clinical experience shared with clinical colleagues and interactions with patients acquired, I can bridge the connection between knowledge I learned from classes and textbooks with the actual clinical data and phenomena that appear on patients. It was a precious experience for that I understand the importance of the advancement of medical science profoundly. In order to pursue my interest in research, I worked as a lab technician in Dr. Yung-Feng Lin’s lab from the School of Medical Laboratory Science and Biotechnology before starting graduate school. There, my research focused on understanding important trafficking proteins that affect the neuropathology of Alzheimer’s disease, specifically the transport of amyloid precursor protein (APP).
Under the CounterACT project, I work with a preclinical rat model of acute diisopropylfluorophosphate (DFP) intoxication to address my research focus on investigating phenotypes of cellular senescence and aging following acute exposure to organophosphates (OPs).