Nawang Sherpa

Born in the Himalayan region of Nepal, Nawang is the first generation college student from his family. He enjoys learning new languages and is fluent in Sherpa, Nepali, Hindi, moderately proficient in Spanish and plans on learn Tibetan while at Cal. He transferred from Santa Rosa Junior college in the Fall of 2016 and is majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on cell and developmental biology.
Previously he was a research assistant at Buck Institute working on the mTOR pathway and its effect on aging and age related diseases. mTOR is one of the pathway that regulates cap-dependent mRNA translation. Understanding the underlying mechanism of translation and how it regulates gene expression can open new avenues for diagnosing chronic diseases and have greater implications in developing necessary treatments/preventative care. He intends on continuing research on aging and is currently in the process of finding a research opportunity on campus. This semester he has been involved with the UC Berkeley Global Medical Training (GMT). In Spring (2016) he will be joining other students from UC Berkeley to provide clinical care and advocate about public health in rural areas of Panama. He is excited about the program since it is focused on global health and also gives him an opportunity to experience the rich culture and tradition of Panama. Nawang is passionate about the clinical and research aspect of medicine, and in the future, he intends to pursue MD/PhD.