Amy Kung is from San Diego, California, but has spent their childhood in Irvine and Los Angeles where they fostered strong relationships within the Chinese American community. Amy graduated from the University of California, San Diego in 2022 with a BS in Human Biology and a minor in Psychology. Amy has always had a strong interest in genetics, and continued to foster this passion as a teaching assistant for multiple genetics courses at UCSD. Outside of classes, Amy served as a research assistant at the UCSD Eating Disorder Center for Treatment and Research and the Body Acceptance lab, where they investigated the efficacy of Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the prevention of eating disorders in understudied patient populations. Amy also volunteered with Alzheimer’s San Diego, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing education and companionship to families living with dementia. Following graduation from UCSD, Amy began volunteering with Exhale, a text line that provides a nonjudgmental space for texters to process their post abortion experience and receive support.

These experiences helped Amy develop deep interests in research and serving underrepresented and vulnerable communities. Amy hopes to take what they have learned to UCLA in their pursuit of becoming a successful genetic counselor who can provide healthcare and support to diverse patient communities.

Department: Human Genetics