Author Biography

Zen Liu

Zen Liu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE) in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. Her projects in the Laboratory for Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering have focused on cardiac tissue engineering and in vitro cancer models.

Author Articles

Be Brave

In my worst moments, when I was feeling like I had made no progress in my thesis work and that my advisor had lost all faith in me, I would read self-help articles. It felt a little pathetic, but at the same time, they gave me a reason to hold on. “Learn to accept failure,” the gurus-turned-authors would tell me. I could take control and use my feelings of defeat and frustration to work harder

Women in Leadership: Goldilocks Syndrome

Most children have probably heard the classic fairy tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. A young girl with golden hair wanders into the empty house of three different bears—one small, one large, and one sized in-between. She comes upon a table with three bowls of cooling porridge, and upon sampling each one, discovers successively that the first is too hot, the second too cold, and the third just right. She eats all of the porridge in the third bowl. The same happens when she comes upon three chairs, and finally, three beds. The third item in the series always proves to be the most comfortable, as the intermediate option between two extremes, but more meaningfully, Goldilocks always judges it to be “just right.”