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Meet Clara Posner

Clara-Posner.pngTell us about your educational background: I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering at UC San Diego. I am interested in designing fluorescent biosensors to examine kinase activity in various cell signaling pathways in Dr. Jin Zhang’s lab. I am supported in part by the Molecular Biophysics Training Grant (MBTG) Program.

Tell us about your professional involvement at UC San Diego. Have you been a TA, or held an internship? I enjoy teaching engineering math and modeling on both the graduate and undergraduate level at UC San Diego. I was a teacher’s assistant for “Mathematical Methods in Bioengineering” and for “Modeling and Computation in Bioengineering”. For my teaching efforts, I have received a 2017-2018 Bioengineering Department TA Excellence Award.

What is your involvement like on the UC San Diego campus? As the current president of the Bioengineering Graduate Society (BEGS),  I invest a lot of energy into improving and developing the bioengineering graduate community. In the previous academic year, I organized the two largest events of the Bioengineering Graduate Society, the annual Bioengineering Bear Hug, and Breakfast with Industry. I have organized industry round table talks and seminars and academic panels for the bioengineering graduate students. I also volunteer with BEGS at the annual San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering and at the biennial USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington D.C. This year, I am focused on training new officers to organize these large events, to lead successful committees, and to further advance the Bioengineering Graduate Society.

Why UC San Diego? I chose UC San Diego for its gorgeous weather, its beaches, and its highly ranked Bioengineering DepartmentI love the people here at UC San Diego, including my fellow graduate students, faculty and staff. I greatly appreciate all the support I receive to create new programs or events that expand the social, career and academic resources available to my fellow bioengineering graduate students.