Research Highlight: Yi Chi Song at the Kumar Lab

A Research Highlight by Kurtis Chien-Young

Yi Chi Song studies Biochemistry at the Tufts School of Arts and Sciences. He researches under Professor Krishna Kumar at the Kumar Lab.

Hi Yi Chi, could you tell me a bit about yourself? What is your major? What are your extracurricular interests?

            My name is Yi Chi Song, I’m a Canadian citizen but spent most of my childhood in an international school in Beijing. Now at Tufts, I study biochemistry and I’m also involved with Tufts Consulting Collective. During winter, there is nothing that gets me more excited than going skiing. During summer, it’s a blast to rent a kayak or sailboat and to go out on the Charles. When the seasons transition, I'd like to find new places to eat.

How did you get involved with research at Dr. Kumar’s lab? What kind of research do you do?

            I’ve always liked chemistry, and found it quite an intuitive subject to study – I like drawing shapes and pouring solutions together to make new things. In terms of biology, it’s really the intricacies of the human body, and knowing all of it is going on inside of us that I find mind-boggling. Biochemistry is a perfect opportunity for me to understand the way things work on a fundamental level in living organisms.

I got involved in Professor Kumar’s lab after looking at the research on his website – it was a great combination of using chemistry to modify the activities of biological systems. In the Kumar labs, my work focuses on peptide-based hormones and discovering ways of modifying peptides to generate novel therapeutics.

Do you have any long-term goals? Are you going to continue to pursue research in biochemistry after graduation?

            Coming into college I think [medical] school was, and [maybe still is], the goal, but being exposed to research in the Kumar labs has made me think of perhaps pursuing other grad school options. Still rather unsure but there’s still a little while to decide.