Kristina Manansala joins Jerry on Episode 113 to share her personal journey of being the youngest in her Filipino American family, to studying neuroscience, and now helping to bridge the healthcare access gap particularly within the Asian American community. She will be graduating from the USC Keck School of Medicine with her MPH degree in biostatistics and epidemiology soon. #FightOn
Meet Kristina, in her own words:
Hello! My name is Kristina (Krissy).
My parents immigrated from the Philippines to the United States and I was born and raised in the Bay Area. In my free time, I loooove yoga, drawing, baking and going on long hikes with my two pups, Cupcake and Gelato (Cupcake is a Chihuahua and Gelato is a German Shepherd!). I'm quite passionate about health care and research. I studied Neuroscience at UC San Diego, researched metabolic regulatory pathways at Scripps Research Institute and led medical relief projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America. Right now, I am wrapping up my Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at USC and am working on COVID-19 research projects at a Biotech company. I am very grateful for my mom's sacrifices, and as such I'm the only person in my family to graduate from college. Within the past few years, I've been on a journey to discovery my identity and value beyond professional or academic accomplishments.
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