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Here's little about me, so tell me something about yourself! I am always willing to chat and get to know you.

Hello! I'm Yolanda.

I'm a third year majoring in genetics and data science at UC Berkeley, set to graduate in 2022. When I'm not in class, you can often find me teaching CS10, making art, or doing bioinformatics research.

When I was in middle school, my dad had me cold email biology professors to ask for mentorship. In hindsight, no professor has that kind of time, but while researching I came across the concept of predicting protein folding. It happened that a Nobel Prize-winning professor was researching that exact question. Seeing high-achieving scientists working on the same topics you are interested in was inspirational to twelve-year-old me. I set my sights on proteomics and genomics and haven't looked back.

In my free time, I enjoy watching the sunset, reading a good book, making matcha, and watching gaming streams. Above all, I try to listen and learn as much as I can to be empathetic person and a sincere friend.

Some fast facts:

Location  |  Bay Area, CA
Currently reading   |  Recursion by Blake Crouch
Ongoing projects   |  Autoregressive evolution modeler, data analysis on lab webpage usage, personal website!
Other interests   |  Travel plannning, finding new mac and cheese recipes with my brother, American football, drinking coffee, playing puzzle games, exercising, social distancing with friends
                                        
You can read more about some of activities I'm involved in below! Please get in touch with me if you want to chat about anything.

research

I am conducting a project on protein ancestral reconstruction. This research was previously supervised by the Holmes Lab @ UC Berkeley. This has been an incredibly interesting dive into the dry lab experience.

Previously, I researched the effects of inhibitors on cytokinetic processes in algae and moss at the Drakakaki Lab @ UC Davis under the guidance of graduate student Destiny Davis. I was fortunate enough to present this project at Intel ISEF in 2018. Check out the corresponding paper and poster!

teaching cs10

aka the Beauty and Joy of Computing, this is an introductory computer science course at UC Berkeley. I have been on staff for CS10 for 2 years, and cannot say enough great things about it. The accomodation and consideration of student voices is unparalleled, and I am extremely proud of the positive impact this course has on students. 

Currently, I am one of two head TAs for the Spring 2021 semester. I also lead the Course Development team, which has created crucial resources to help the course run. This includes progress trackers, planning sheets for students that join the course late, debugging guides, and content summaries. Take a look at my resume for more on my past with CS10!

National Parks

The biggest item on my bucket list is to visit all 62 American National Parks. One project that I will be working on is an interactive map tracker. Parks that I've visited will be colored, and clicking on a region will show you details of both the park and my personal visits. It will be a difficult but amazing combination of code and design.

Until this project comes to fruition, here is some generic and personal data on the parks. Generic data from Wikipedia. Below is as a preliminary planning sketch for the project. I hope you are excited about nature as I am!