Suwei is a 2nd year PhD student in Dr. Julia Gohlke’s lab in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Virginia Tech, and her home program is Translational Biology, Medicine and Health (TBMH) at VT. She is interested in learning how environmental changes impact human health. Her current research focuses on estimating personal heat exposure.
Suwei earned her Bachelor of Science from China Agricultural University and a Master of Biomanufacturing from North Carolina State University. She studied how to manufacture biopharmaceutical ingredients such as recombinant proteins and antibodies in various microorganisms and the following purification process. She also learned FDA regulations of novel medicine Research and Development and Good Manufacturing Practice.
After graduating, Suwei worked at Merck North Carolina site for half a year as a deviation author. When something went wrong in the manufacturing process, Suwei and her teammates explored the root cause, evaluated the impact on the quality of products, and came up with corrective action and preventative actions if needed.
When she began her studies at VT, Suwei completed three lab rotations in her first year. She has developed a keen interest in environmental health, a core discipline within public health that focuses on the environmental factors affecting human health. She joined the Gohlke lab in July 2018 and genuinely enjoys the interdisciplinary research conducted in her group.
Suwei believes the IGC program will benefit her career significantly by exposing her to other areas of global change research, allowing her to explore how other research areas can be integrated with her own area of focus in the context of policy, and improving her critical thinking and communication skills.