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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Hattie Chung, 2011

PhD, Harvard University

Hattie Chung is an immigrant from South Korea

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Bioengineering at Harvard University

Hattie was born in South Korea and came to the US when she was 8.

In 2016, she graduated from the Harvard Systems Biology PhD program. Hattie graduated from MIT with a bachelor's degree in Biological Engineering and a minor in Applied International Studies in 2011. 

Hattie showed her entrepreneurial strengths at MIT where, as a freshman, she entered the $100K Elevator Pitch Competition with a proposal to reduce the side effects of common painkillers that won first prize in the life sciences category. In 2008, she received a grant from the MIT Public Service Center to conduct a field survey for the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, where she assessed the efficacy of mental health support in primary clinics in Lindi, Tanzania; she presented her findings to the Director of the Ministry of Health of Tanzania. In 2009, she worked at Le Laboratoire in Paris, France, where she helped with the commercialization of Le Whif. Hattie has worked with world-renowned Institute Professor Robert Langer, with whom she has published a paper on using novel lipid-like materials to deliver immunostimulatory RNA adjuvants. She has also worked with Professor Ron Weiss, one of the pioneers of synthetic biology and director of the Synthetic Biology Center at MIT, on using RNA to program mammalian cells.

Outside the classroom, Hattie has played major leadership roles as an undergraduate representative to the MIT Corporation Joint Advisory Committee, the co-president of the MIT Biomedical Engineering Society (BE-BMES), a teaching assistant, and an associate advisor. She also excels as a pianist as an Emerson Piano Scholar, and received the MIT Naess Award for exceptional talent in piano in 2008. She was named an Amgen Scholar in 2010 and inducted into Sigma Xi in 2011.

  • Amgen Scholar, 2010
  • Emerson Piano Scholar