Christopher Liao

  • Advisor for students applying to Medical School

Chris is a proud Taiwanese-American who was born and raised in Southern California. Neither of his parents or his two sisters are doctors, and he questions the origins of his insatiable passion for science and medicine. During his college years, he worked as a one-on-one tutor at the engineering school and taught organic chemistry in auditoriums filled with students as a Supplemental Instruction Leader, which he recounts as one of his most rewarding and enlightening experiences. Following his graduation from the biochemical engineering program at the University of Southern California, he pursued a research stint in stem cell biology and kidney development as a full-time assistant at the USC Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regenerative Medicine, an opportunity that has clarified his research interests and primed his future for academic medicine. He believes a career in surgery would best suit his fastidious attention to detail and proficiency with using his hands.

With the help of the Passport Admissions team, he earned an acceptance to the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, where he will be attending as a member of the Class of 2020. In his free time, you might find him watching a movie, running, reading, playing the piano, or eating…but he’ll probably be in the lab.