Soo Song credits her research experience with helping her turn an interest in her field into a lifetime passion and career path. She particularly appreciates the challenges that her research has forced her to overcome. By experiencing the inevitable failures that are a part of the research process Soo feels that she has matured as a researcher, student and person. She is looking forward to continuing her research into graduate school, pursuing a Masterís degree in Biomedical Engineering. UROP is pleased to recognize Soo for the passion she has brought to her undergraduate research.

1. What is your specific area of research (include the name of your faculty and/or laboratory)?

I conduct research at The Henry Samueli School of Engineering under the guidance of Dr. Jered Haun. Specifically, my research is focused on silica nanoparticle fabrication and fluorescence lifetime imaging for multiplexing. Different detection channels of molecular diagnostics are available based on their unique fluorescent excitation and emission properties using fluorescence microscopy. However, the number of detection channels is still very limited. Therefore, the aim of this research is to increase the number of channels even more by adding lifetime analysis to conventional analysis of fluorescence microscopy.

2. When and how did you first get involved in research?

I began my involvement with this research in Spring of 2012. I took Dr. Haunís BME 121 class during winter quarter, and was introduced to his research topic through that class. The course work was difficult; however, I was so interested in the research topic, I worked really hard to excel and to pursue my interest into research with Dr. Haun.

3. How has research enhanced your education?

My research experience had a big impact in my transition from an interest in the field to aspiration to make a future. For that, I am truly grateful for this valuable experience in my college education.

4. What has been your favorite experience with research (include any interesting stories or specific events)?

Strangely enough, my favorite moments are the ones that I liked the least. For example, it can be frustrating when the experiments do not produce the expected results. However, through those frustrating moments, I learned that failure is a necessary part of successful research. The failures were my opportunities to analyze, persevere to see the bigger picture, and try again. I am a mature researcher because of my failures.

5. What are your future plans and how has being involved in research helped to prepare you to meet your goals?

I will be pursuing a Masterís degree in Biomedical Engineering at UCI in the same lab this coming Fall.

6. What advice would you give to a student interested in pursuing a faculty-mentored undergraduate research project or creative activity?

It can be difficult to know which research lab is best for you, especially when you do not have any experience in that research field. Do not hesitate to contact the faculty or their grad students and ask questions. Usually they are more than willing to help you if you show them a sincere interest in their projects.

Past Researchers of the Month

Dec. '15 Ka Hei (Eric) Chan
Nov. '15 Timna Medovoy
Oct. '15 Soraya Davia
Sep. '15 Amanda Nili
Aug. '15 Soo Song
Jul. '15 Tian Harrison
Jun. '15 Rommel Santos
May. '15 Mariyah Saiduddin
Apr. '15 Angel Rodriguez
Mar. '15 Sarah Tang
Feb. '15 Jay Tolentino
Jan. '15 Yuhao Ma