Molly Mollica, Joey Liang and Suchitra Gopal (pictured, left to right) are Bioengineering students actively connecting what they learn inside and outside the classroom to improve access and equity in healthcare.
The UW recognized three students from the Department of Bioengineering for the prestigious Husky 100, a program that honors outstanding work and achievements of students who are taking full advantage of their time at the University of Washington.
Senior Suchitra Gopal, junior Joey Liang and graduate researcher Molly Mollica are among the 100 undergraduate and graduate students selected from the UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses, based on their experience actively connecting what happens inside and outside of the classroom and applying what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. Through their coursework, research, volunteer and leadership efforts, internships and jobs, they have created their own Husky Experience.
Students are selected from all three UW campuses based upon their demonstration of:
- a mindset of discovery
- commitment to fostering an inclusive community
- capacity for leadership
- readiness for life’s next steps and
- willingness to experience learning beyond the classroom.
Members of the Husky 100 are eligible to receive exciting benefits and to participate in a range of activities and opportunities.
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Major: B.S.: Bioengineering: Data Science
Research experience with faculty mentor: Albert Folch, professor of bioengineering
“Through my roles supporting underrepresented students as a mentor, improving access to healthcare in resource-limited communities as a researcher, destigmatizing mental health conversations as an advocate and creating inclusive learning spaces as a educator, my UW experience helped me foster my overall development. I’m an innovative leader who inspires and empowers others to make a difference in the world, challenges inequities, takes initiative and creates spaces where everyone feels valued.”
Hometown: Bellevue, WA
Major: B.S.: Bioengineering
Research experience with faculty mentor: Suzie Pun, Washington Research Foundation Professor of bioengineering
“Coming from an immigrant family, my experiences at UW have inspired my passion for improving the accessibility of higher education. At the same time, my Husky experience has also given me the unique opportunity to see both the successes and shortcomings of medical solutions through the lab and the clinic. As an aspiring physician-scientist, my experiences in research, medicine, and mentorship have prepared me to translate future therapies from the bench to the bedside, one patient at a time.”
Hometown: Athens, OH
Major: Ph.D.: Bioengineering
Research experience with faculty mentor: Wendy Thomas, professor of bioengineering
“I am passionate about designing a more equitable world through research, teaching, and service. In the lab, I aim to understand sex differences in platelet function and plan to lead additional equity-driven research as a professor. As a co-founder and leader of HuskyADAPT (Accessible Design And Play Technology), I build an inclusive UW culture and train students and community members in accessible design.”
Suchitra, Joey and Molly join the following previous UW BioE Husky 100 recipients:
2021: undergraduates Lauren Holbrook, Jolie Phan and Nadia Siddiqui
2020: undergraduates Anna Craig, Sofia Jepson, Amanda An Nguyen, Parker Ruth, Vidhi Singh and Eric Yang, and Ph.D. student Trey Pichon
2019: undergraduates Caleb Ellington, Ritika Jain, Divya Lakshmanan, Sarah Slack, Mohammed Mushtak Talib and Renae Tessem
2018: undergraduates Robyn Langevin, Solomon Muche and Caleb Perez, and graduate students Nuttada Panpradist and Ty Youngblood
2017: undergraduates Camille Birch, David McIntyre, Connor Tsuchida and graduate students Shivani Gupta and Jonathan Tsui
2016: undergraduates Ian Andrews, Krittika D’Silva, Natacha Comandante Lou, Anastasia Nicolov and Dominic Tran and graduate student Gary Liu