Emily Chien is from Wellesley, Massachusetts. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2016 and majored in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. As an undergraduate, Emily participated in research involving the study of epigenetics in Arabidopsis thaliana and held an internship at a biomedical research company. She also had the opportunity to volunteer at health fairs that offered screenings to underinsured residents in the greater Los Angeles area. After graduation, she shadowed genetic counselors in Orange County, served as a Crisis Counselor for Crisis Text Line, and worked as a research coordinator assistant in clinical genetics at University of California, Irvine. She is interested in clinical cancer genetics and genetic counseling communication techniques. She chose to attend Rutgers because of its proximity to medical facilities that cater to a diverse population, its emphasis on providing students with long, well-rounded rotations that include ones at hospital and industry-based locations, and its supportive faculty. She looks forward to contributing to a relatively new program as a member of its second incoming class and is eager to learn more about the ever-evolving field of genetics.