BMLSc Student Presents at Harvard National Collegiate Research Conference

Joanne Wouterse, Undergraduate Program Coordinator BMLSc Program
4th year BMLSc student William Yip

This past January, 4th year BMLSc student William Yip presented his research at Harvard University’s 9th annual National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

William has been working with Dr. Kelly McNagny and Dr. Michael Hughes, focusing his research on the influence of dysbiosis on hematopoietic and immune cells that play a key role in driving inflammatory lung diseases. His poster presentation titled “Depletion of SCFA-fermenting gut bacteria alters the epigenome of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells” was awarded 3rd place in the category of Engineering/Math/Applied Science.

NCRC is a multidisciplinary conference held annually at Harvard University, where undergraduates from across the United States and Canada share their research in humanities, social sciences and natural and life sciences. The conference aims to expand the perspectives of undergraduate researchers and facilitate the cross pollination of ideas through exposure to diverse fields. This year, following a competitive application process, approximately 200 undergraduates were selected from over 80 academic institutions.

William has been invited to present his research at the 7th annual Stanford University Research Conference in April. He will graduate from BMLSc in May and will begin a Masters in Biomedical Engineering in September under the supervision of Dr. McNagny and Dr. Donald Sin.