Hi, my name is Lyuda.
I was born in Ukraine, but I grew up largely in the United States. This past spring, I graduated with a B.A. in
chemistry from Columbia College, C.U.
During my time in college, I worked in three labs that studied vastly
different things. The first was a
nanotechnology lab in which I worked on developing a technique for producing
curved micro-ridges that would be used to study mechanosensing in
fibroblasts. I then worked in organic
chemistry, on a project that investigated a novel way to facilitate the
nucleophilic acyl substitution reaction.
Finally, while I was studying abroad in Spain, I spent some time in a
neurobiology lab that focused on cell fusion and its regenerative potential in
the brain. I enjoyed all three
experiences, but this last was definitely my favorite.
Because my experience is largely in chemistry, I don’t have
a very solidified idea of what I’d like to work on. Right now, I’m attracted to neurobiology,
genetics, and epigenetics, but I’m hoping to develop a clearer sense of my
interests as classes and lab rotations get underway.
In my free time, I enjoy dancing (often Argentine tango), reading, and hopping around the city with friends;
I’m also proud to be improving my cooking skills. Living in New York for the past four years
has been wonderful, and I’m sure I’ll keep enjoying both Columbia and the city
in the years to come.