Name: Max Li
Undergraduate School: Washington College
Undergraduate Major: Biology
M.S Program/Concentration: Biotechnology with a concentration in Bioscience.
Hometown and/or Current City: Centreville, Maryland
Why did you apply to Georgetown University?
I was looking for a school that could offer me access to expansive resources, which would allow me to develop holistically as a person and scientist. Georgetown University is able to offer a rigorous curriculum and the benefits of being located in a cultural hub that is Washington D.C.
As a DMV Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship recipient, you were selected because your application to Georgetown “demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters’ level.” What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?
The prevalence of debilitating diseases calls for a thorough deliberation of effective treatments. I believe biotechnology holds a key in the development of these novel and effective therapeutics. The interdisciplinary nature of biotechnology allows for a multi-faceted approach to tackle the world’s biomedical problems. Diseases are dynamic, therefore the development of therapeutics should also be dynamic. For example, cancer develops when cellular growth becomes abnormal and it is able to evade immune detection. The cancer is able to tweak the biology of the host in order to further evade detection and grow. This is where biotechnology comes into play. Since we understand the basis of carcinogenesis and immune evasion, we can look at key players in the equation and start asking some important questions. Can we activate immunity at the otherwise immunosuppressive microenvironment? Which genes are at play for this particular cancer? After further discourse, we can start developing tools to resolve the problem. Do we need an adjuvant? Modulate gene expression? While the means of reaching a viable solution are arduous, the innovation in biotechnology will provide the tools to facilitate the development of efficacious treatments.
What is something interesting or unique about you that very few people know?
I ate lemon ants off of a tree when I traveled to the Amazon Rainforest back in 2012.