Michellei Fisher


Personal Statement

I started out my undergraduate career as an art major and went rogue after my first year to pursue a science degree. I was introduced to research early in my studies and had the opportunity to pursue multiple diverse research projects, from human, plant, and mosquito virus studies using traditional laboratory techniques to mathematical modeling of biological phenomena. I was also fortunate enough to receive multiple grants and scholarships to fund my research and share it in various conferences and symposia, leading up to my poster presentation at the American Society for Virology international conference in 2015. I am interested in the simultaneously simple and complex nature of viruses and their host interactions, and decided to join the Department of Tropical Medicine to further my knowledge of these and other pathogens.


University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2016, B.S. – Biochemistry, Certificate in Mathematical Biology
University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2017-present, M.S. candidate – Tropical Medicine


2013-2016 – Volunteer, Department of Tropical Medicine

                        JC virus pathogenesis (Vivek R. Nerurkar)

2013-2014 – Internship at IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE)

                        Taro bacilliform virus prevalence and host genome integration (Kabi Neupane)

2014-2015 – Internship at Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT)

Arbovirus surveillance in Thailand mosquito populations (Pornsawan Leaungwutiwong)

2015-2016 – Internship, Mathematics Department

Mathematical modeling the behavior of a B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia cancer cell (Yuriy Mileyko)

2015-present – Teaching assistant, Department of Chemistry