Kelsey Luu

Research Student

Kelsey LuuKelsey Luu, a Seattle native, is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in bioengineering as a rising sophomore at the University of Washington. Her scientific interests consist of stem cell research and optimization of cell function in addition to the designing and modification of mechanisms to facilitate the improvement of disease diagnosis and therapeutics. Prior to joining the Cherry Lab, she held an undergraduate research position at the University of Washington's Biophotonics Laboratory, where she worked primarily on human tissue clearing.

Hobbies: She is a member of the UW Symphony Orchestra and is an avid chamber ensemble violinist.

Fun fact: She speaks four languages!

Spirit animal: Squirrel

Liesl Strand

Research Scientist I

Liesl StrandLiesl Strand is a recent graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in cellular, molecular and developmental biology. At UW, she discovered the field of developmental genetics and became fascinated by the applications and intricacies of evolutionary processes at the molecular level. Her research aims to explore the impacts of these processes on the genome and their relationship to disease and other phenotypic traits. Strand also has an interest in science communication and advocacy and enjoys talking about her research with anyone who will listen.

Hobbies: When she’s not in lab or thinking about science, she spends her time reading, bicycling, cooking and skiing.

Fun Fact: Though she hails from Port Orchard, Washington, she spent seven years living overseas in Yokosuka, Japan.

Spirit animal: The mighty tardigrade