Chan, Kelvin

Kelvin Chan

Bachelor's of Science Degree with Specialization in Biochemistry.
Research with Prof. Chris Deppmann.

Kelvin is from Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Stuyvesant High School. He has conducted research in the Deppmann Laboratory of the Department of Biology since his first year. His research focuses on the molecular mechanisms surrounding neuronal death and competition during sympathetic nervous system development. In particular, he examines the control of apoptosis signaling under differential nerve growth factor (NGF) environments, and the crosstalk of cytokine receptors p75NTR and TNFR1A. Kelvin has also worked extensively in the field of epigenetics – examining the role of Lysine-Specific Demethylase 1 (LSD1) in peripheral nerve pruning. By characterizing specific markers of neuronal apoptosis, he aims to develop a model for formally studying neurodegenerative diseases.

Kelvin is also an Economics major with a concentration in Public Policy. Outside the laboratory, Kelvin is interested in scientific industry & finance. Following graduation, he hopes to travel abroad to foster more scientific collaborations to ameliorate the US funding situation, and then pursue an MD/PhD program.