Student’s Name: Lisa Hung
Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Eiwegger, Associate Professor, Department of Immunology
Lisa received an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and graduated with high distinction from the Immunology Specialist program in 2016.
Her passion for immunology research began at a very young age, inspired by the presence of multiple food allergies. Her personal experiences motivated her to shape an academic career around her connection to immunology which led her to attend the University of Toronto.
Lisa’s involvement in experimental research began with the immunology summer research program in the lab of Dr. Alberto Martin. Here, she investigated aspects of the DNA damage repair pathway utilizing the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Outside of research, Lisa participated in a variety of extracurricular activities including mentoring younger students and volunteering at Mount Sinai Hospital. She was also a member of the Immunology Students’ Association (IMMSA), and acted as the elected representative of 3rd and later, 4th year students.
Lisa demonstrated her academic excellence as a U of T Dean’s List student in all four years of her undergraduate degree program and was awarded the Dr. James A. & Connie P. Dickson Scholarship in Science and Math that recognizes outstanding University College students.
Lisa is currently pursing an M. Sc. degree in the Department of Immunology under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Eiwegger in the field of allergy. Her project involves the creation of an innovative new model for food allergy using viable human gut tissue. She is also actively involved in the graduate immunology program as a writer for IMMpress Magazine.
In the future, she hopes to continue her research the field of allergy and immunology in order to develop effective treatment options to help those with similar conditions.