Yiran Liu, from Ann Arbor, Michigan, is pursuing a PhD in cancer biology at Stanford School of Medicine. An immigrant from Tianjin, China, she graduated with high honors and highest distinction from the University of Michigan (UM) with a bachelor’s degree in cellular and molecular biology, and a minor in law, justice, and social change. She aspires to become a university professor, leading a multidisciplinary team studying the synthesis of molecular biology and social justice. She has done research at the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mayo Clinic, Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, and Columbia University Medical Center. At UM, she led the peer education program at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center and served on various student life advisory boards. Her scientific work has been published in Immunity and The FASEB Journal.