Student Profiles

Gina Liu, LSM '18

Charleston, IL
College Major: 
Computational Biology
Wharton Concentrations: 


I think that LSM has given me a really unique set of skills to bring to the table in any career path. The quantitative, logical, and computational skills I’ve gained through my biology degree are definitely applicable in any field, even if not health-related. On the business side, my experiences in Wharton have helped develop my soft skills (for example: giving presentations, interviewing, or thinking on a systems-level), which will come in handy no matter where I end up—even if I’ll never have to perform a discounted cash flow as a doctor!

What makes the LSM community unique:

I think LSM is a particularly close-knit community. There are so many things that bring us together, like our program-specific seminar and capstone courses, Advisory Board-planned social events, or the Big-Little mentorship. I’ve made some of my closest friends through LSM; it’s great to have that community where everyone shares your general interest in the life sciences and business, but it’s also incredibly exciting to see the diversity in your fellow LSMers’ goals and passions.

What is your favorite experience at Penn so far?

I joined Penn Boxing my freshman year despite not having any prior experience because I thought it sounded fun. It’s since become one of my favorite aspects of Penn. It’s been a really cool leadership experience, an opportunity to push my physical and mental boundaries, and a great way to manage stress while staying fit! College can be a very stressful time, and I think it’s really important to focus not only on academics or pre-professional pursuits, but also on doing things for your own enjoyment.

Extracurricular Activities:

I’m the President of Penn Boxing, a computer science Teaching Assistant, a research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and involved with consulting through MedX (an interdisciplinary health club).

Plans after LSM:

After college, I’d like to go to medical school; I’ve tentatively considering pursuing an MD-MPH, since I’m interested in making a transition to public health later in life. Another consideration on my mind is taking a few years before med school to work in consulting, public health, or research, since I’d love to get some real-world experience under my belt before committing to another 4 or 5 years of school. I’m still figuring everything out, as it seems that every day I’m exposed to new opportunities and potential directions!