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Helen (Xin) Huang

Bioinformatics Ph.D student, UCLA 25'

I am a Ph.D. student in the Signaling Systems Lab at UCLA, and have previously involved in research projects in the Garud Lab, Myco-Fluidics LabZarlab, Treude LabFlint Lab, and Arisaka Lab, gaining both wet and dry lab as well as field work experiences. My current research focuses on understanding the antibody immune responses. Specifically, I am developing a multi-scale mechanistic model of the B-cell molecular network, and simulating B-cell fate decisions in the germinal center to generate lineage trees. Our goal is to match the in silico B-cell lineages with experimental B-cell phylogeny inferred from single cell B-cell receptor (BCR) sequencing data.


In 2020, I graduated from UCLA with a B.S. degree in Biology and minors in Bioinformatics, Digital Humanities, and Film, TV, and Digital Media. I was a reviewer of Undergraduate Science Journal (USJ) and a staff member at Art | Sci Center, a collaboration between UCLA Design Media Arts and California Nano-system Institute. A volunteer docent for Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve for several years, I watch trails, protect wild flowers, design merchandizes, and interpret natural and cultural histories of the park during poppy season. I was honored the 2020 Chancellor's Service Award for my contribution to UCLA and Los Angeles area, and received a quail pin for serving 100 hrs in California State Park system.

I enjoy a wide range of hobbies including hiking, scuba-diving, skiing, SUP, birding, embroidery, wildlife photography, hand-crafts, furniture design, etc. I participated in a variety of clubs, including Film Photography Society (FPS), Creative Labs, Bruin Naturalist Club, Bruin Birding Club, Bruin Beekeepers, Metal & Glass Club, and Embruindery. Besides my home country China and the U.S., I have traveled to Singapore, Canada, Brazil, Thailand, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Japan, and Australia.

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