About

Michelle currently attends Duke University as a premed student with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. As an aspiring physician-researcher, she is passionate about analyzing her surroundings and then making connections between concepts, ideas, and events, especially if those concepts and events are about medicine, science, technology, and how all three have shaped society. Thus, she took on the challenge of writing fictional stories that would demonstrate how science, technology, and medicine have shaped our world, and vice versa.michelle picture

Genotopia is the series she had written to demonstrate this theme. Though it is a fictional series, the 3 novels emphasize the ethics, benefits, and drawbacks of scientific progress. The stories take place in a world dependent on genetically modified animals, in a world afflicted by bizarre, imaginary diseases, and genetically modified animals. The vision of a more intimate relationship between humans and animals, combined with a fascination of biology, the environment, a love of animals, and the power of the human mind, is what drove Michelle to write the series.

At the age of 5, she completed her first book (100 pages of childish drawings with 2-3 sentences per page), and she has been writing fictional stories ever since. Over the course of both her elementary and high school years, Michelle completed 11 novels and 8 short stories. However, writing fiction was not her hobby. She found it time-consuming and stressful while she was writing these stories, and she was constantly consumed by the feeling of impatience to just “get it over with.” Fortunately, it was the idea behind writing these novels that drove her to finish the series: she cared about the progress of scientific and medical research and wanted to create something that would emphasize the fascinating complexity of science and medicine.

On the other hand, medicine is a field in which Michelle is most drawn to. Whenever she would volunteer in the hospital, shadow a doctor, interact and converse with patients, run wet-lab experiments, study for biological and physical science courses, or read research papers on the latest medical breakthroughs, she was never consumed by the feeling to “get it over with;” she enjoyed going through the process of learning and performing medical and scientific tasks in the lab and clinic one step at the time. Thus, although she will no longer be writing any more stories, she is eager to continue her work in medicine. While her research into stem cells, genetic engineering, and human physiology had inspired her to write these novels, writing Genotopia has motivated her to look deeper into the enigmatic world of science, aiming to advance the medical sciences in ways that would benefit society, just as she had depicted in the themes of her novels. Finally, she hopes that her novels will also motivate her readers to address, understand, and appreciate how science and medicine have shaped our world.Thus, although she will no longer be writing any more stories, she is eager to continue her work in medicine. While her research into stem cells, genetic engineering, and human physiology had inspired her to write these novels, writing Genotopia has motivated her to look deeper into the enigmatic world of science, aiming to advance the medical sciences in ways that would benefit society, just as she had depicted in the themes of her novels. Finally, she hopes that her novels will also motivate her readers to address, understand, and appreciate how science and medicine have shaped our world.

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