Fall 2011
Du Cheng

Du Cheng (‘11, BIOLOGY) is a Cellular Molecular Biology exchange student from the Henan province of the People’s Republic of China. Since transferring to HSU, he has been recognized for his original research on tick-borne disease. In 2011, Cheng was named an HSU Outstanding Student. He is continuing his education through a tri-institutional M.D.-Ph.D. program at Cornell University in New York City and hopes to eventually become a physician scientist.

MAKING BREAKTHROUGHS “Curiosity is where my passion comes from. The research project I’m doing is something original. After I do this, it’s going to actually contribute to the scientific community.”

CULTURE SHOCK “I found out that there was a Chinatown in Humboldt, but in the 1850s it was moved to San Francisco. I want to help bring diversity into this university. If you’ve never been to China, I can bring China to you.”

HELPING HAND “I feel international students need a lot of help figuring things out and adjusting to American culture. Since I’ve been through it, I want other students to get through it and be successful, too. I like to help, even if it’s just picking up international students at the airport.”

Tech Toys “I like to take things apart and put them back together to see how they work. I like to come up with new ideas too. Anthony Baker helped me make an adapter that allows me to take high-quality photos through my microscope—on my iPhone!”