Cathy Chen

Cathy Chen

Entering Penn having never stepped foot in a lab before, getting started with research was an intimidating prospect. With the myriad of resources available at CURF and through Penn, I had the opportunity to conduct research at the John Lab with Dr. Audrey Odom John at CHOP. Her lab studies the metabolism of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum in order to develop new diagnostics and identify novel antimalarial drug targets. My work at the lab focuses on understanding how specific enzymes work to confer drug resistance to the parasite. I love working at the lab, not just for the meaningful work but also for the overall environment of a diverse group of people brought together by a shared passion for science.

Conducting research has been a highlight of my Penn experience so far, and I'm excited to help fellow Penn students start on their research journey to find a project or field they love! If you have questions about finding a lab, researching full-time over the summer or through work-study, or if you're a FGLI student feeling overwhelmed about research at Penn, please don't hesitate to reach out!

  • Undergraduate Researcher at the John Lab, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program

Affinity Groups: FGLI, Work-Study, PennCAP