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Date published: May 18, 2023

May Student Spotlight: Samantha Tse, MD/PhD Student

Samantha Tse, is an MD/PhD student at UMass Chan Medical School, who is originally from Belmont, Massachusetts.  


What are your research and clinical (if applicable) interests?
I am interested in uncovering mechanisms of pathogen detection in the host intestine, particularly in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, and the regulation of intestinal innate immunity. Along these lines, I aspire to practice gastroenterology as a physician-scientist studying host defenses in the developing intestine.  

What makes UMass a great place for your studies?  
UMass is home to some of the greatest minds in the field of C. elegans and is a hub for innate immune research. 

Favorite hobby?  
Too many! I love to paint, draw, meditate, and take long walks in the park with my puppy Luna.  

Favorite thing to do in Worcester/Worcester area?  
Exploring the many hole-in-the-wall restaurants.