Hometown: West Linn, Oregon
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Hi, my name is Talia and I am a recent LC graduate with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I am half-Persian and have an immense love for Persian culture and especially the food (shish kabob!). At LC, I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant in Prof. Weissman’s Zebrafish lab where I studied the mechanisms that regulate brain development. From this work, I wrote my senior honor’s thesis on the influence of a key developmental signaling pathway and its potential role in influencing neural clone survival. I plan to pursue an MD-PhD with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases.
I love music and enjoy playing the piano to relax. I played French horn in the LC Wind Symphony and Orchestra and hope to continue finding opportunities to play with LC and other ensembles in the future. I grew up dancing ballet in the Nutcracker and loved having the chance to take a ballet class at LC. I also have had all the songs from the Phantom of the Opera memorized since I was five and am known to sing a dramatic “Phantom verse” from time to time.
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Evan T. Williams General Chemistry Award, 1st place in Math at regional International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and 3rd place in Math at internationals in Arizona for development of an Alzheimer’s disease risk model