Earlier this year, Pacific hosted its 14th Annual Pacific Research Day where Xiaoyuan Han ’14 received the Excellence Award for the Stockton Campus Student Presentations for her presentation titled “Gender difference in aortic endothelial function of streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats: possible involvement of protein kinase C beta and nitric oxide production”.

Han earned her bachelor of science degree in pharmacy and her master of science in pharmacology from China Pharmaceutical University. She is currently a third-year student in the pharmaceutical and chemical sciences program.

“Since I was very young I have been interested in life sciences which inspired me to major in pharmacy,” said Han.

Her research interests include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, endocrine, and immunology. Han hopes to become a scientist and work in a research institution or research and development department at a pharmaceutical company after graduation. Her dream is to become a successful scientist where she can “contribute to the discovery of effective therapeutic medicine”.

When Han is not spending time in the classrooms or research lab, she enjoys watching “The Big Bang Theory” and discussing natural phenomena with her friends, especially during long trips. She is also known as the “BBQ president” because of her love for barbeque events during her time as president of Pacific‘s American Association of Pharmaceutical Science chapter. Han is also a musician; she started playing the accordion when she was eight years old.

 


By Dua Her '09
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