OURS National Scholarships

Andrew Lu : Soros Fellowship

Andrew Lu (MCB, ’17) was born in Taiwan and raised from a young age in Houston, Texas. He is currently in the third year of the UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD). He is specializing in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology, building artificial cell behaviors to better understand design principles of natural systems. Andrew discovered and embraced his life’s work as an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, after taking a leave of absence after his sophomore year to evaluate his original plan to major in Computer Science and work in Silicon Valley. Andrew credits the number and breadth of labs at Berkeley—in particular, the labs of Professors Robert Tijian, Daniella Kaufer, and Yang Dan—for exposing him to a variety of subdisciplines and scientific approaches.