Miranda Wang

Miranda Wang

Undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia Area)

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Miranda Wang's Overview

  • UPenn iGEM team 2014 at iGEM
  • Undergraduate Student Researcher at UPenn Perelman School of Medicine
  • Speaker and Content Director at TEDxPenn

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Miranda Wang's Education

University of Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Biochemistry (major)

20132016 (expected)

McGill University

Bachelor of Science


One of 4 students to receive the Greville Smith Prestige Entrance Scholarship, McGill's top entrance scholarship, valued at $40,000
One of 6 students to receive the RBC Undergraduate Scholarship, valued at $10,000

Activities and Societies: McGill Prestige Scholars Society

Magee Secondary

BC High School Diploma with Career Prep in Biology


Top Academic Student (Grades 9-12), Governor General’s Bronze Academic Medalist, Gold Service Award (1200+hrs contributed to school over 5 years), Environmentalist Award, Students’ Council Award

Activities and Societies: Duke of Edinburgh Award Gold Level, Loran Canadian National Scholarship Provincial Award

Miranda Wang's Experience

UPenn iGEM team 2014


March 2014Present (2 months) Greater Philadelphia Area

Undergraduate Student Researcher

UPenn Perelman School of Medicine

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

September 2013Present (8 months) Smilow Center for Translational Research, Philadelphia

Current personal project: Understanding the the effect of BPA on the expression of Grb10 imprinting gene in the brain of mice models. Epigenetics, biochemistry, molecular biology.

Speaker and Content Director


September 2013Present (8 months) Greater Philadelphia Area

Visiting Researcher

National Research Council Canada

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

January 2013May 2013 (5 months) Montreal, QC

Isolate obligate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon degrading bacteria from the Athabasca River

TED 2013 Conference Speaker

TED Conferences

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Think Tanks industry

February 2013March 2013 (2 months) Long Beach, California

•Talent Search video: http://talentsearch.ted.com/video/Miranda-Wang-Jeanny-Yao-Breakin

• related features in media: Maclean's, CBC The National, CBC Radio Homerun, Time, Discovery Magazine, CBN Weekly, The Vancouver Sun, Metro

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

December 2011August 2012 (9 months) Vancouver, BC

Isolate and characterize phthalate degrading bacteria from the Fraser River Estuary
Assist project on lignin transformation

Summer Research Student

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Nonprofit; 501-1000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 2011August 2011 (2 months) Vancouver, BC

Assist project on mRNA degradation of coxsackievirus B3 at the UBC James Hogg Research Institute

Miranda Wang's Honors and Awards

  • Future Leaders Under 25

    • April 2013

    One of 16 Canadians under the age of 25 with outstanding promise in their respective fields


  • National Commercialization Award, BC Provincial First Place

    Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Canada
    • April 2012

    Awarded the national prize for the greatest commercialization potential on plastic-degrading bacteria research.

  • Other Scholarships received upon high school graduation

    • 2012

    • BC Provincial Exam Excellence Awards
    • 6 Magee Secondary graduation scholarships including Students' Council Award, Environmentalist Award, Top Service Award
    • Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship
    • M Wosk Award for Environmental Leadership
    • Gordon Smith Youth Environmental Stewardship Award
    • Soroptimist International Violet Richardson Award
    • Sorin Group Canada Bursary Award

Miranda Wang's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Harrison College House Eco-Rep

      UPenn Eco-Reps
      • Environment
      September 2013 present (8 months)

      Selected to represent the environmental conscience of the college house and is currently planning a 3D art project using recyclable materials

    • Founder & Project Director, Femmedére, McGill

      • Economic Empowerment
      September 2012 May 2013 (9 months)

      Pioneered project that aims to increase awareness of nutrition and financial literacy in the Montreal downtown community through organizing "Lettuce Learn To Cook" workshops for women in shelters.

      Directed team to establish the Good Food Box Program in the McGill Downtown campus. Program offers fresh, organic, and mostly locally grown groceries delivered to students at half the market price. Currently impacts 50+ students on campus and is endorsed by the McGill Office of Financial Aid.

    • Traditions Team Coordinator

      Penn Traditions
      • Arts and Culture
      February 2014 present (3 months)
  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Environment
      • Health
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • TED Conferences
      • Plastic Pollution Coalition

Miranda Wang's Languages

  • Chinese

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • French

    (Limited working proficiency)

Miranda Wang's Additional Information


gardening, cooking, arts and crafts

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Miranda Wang's Skills & Expertise

  1. Research
  2. Team Leadership
  3. Sustainability
  4. Science
  5. Molecular Biology
  6. Lifesciences
  7. Public Speaking

Miranda Wang's Test Scores

  • ACT

    • September 2012
    • Score: 34/36

Miranda Wang's Courses

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Biochemistry (major)

    University of Pennsylvania

    • Organic Chemistry I,II (241, 242)
    • Calculus (multivariable) (114)
    • Writing Seminar: Medievalism in Art and Film (015)
    • Architect and History (106)
    • Biochemistry (251)
    • Statistics (111)
    • Philosophy (001)
    • World Music and Cultures (050)
  • Bachelor of Science

    McGill University

    • General Chemistry I,II and lab (110, 120)
    • General Biology I,II and lab (111,112)
    • General Physics I,IIand lab (101,102)
    • Calculus I,II (140,141)
    • Aspects of Globalization (199)

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