My name is Li Cai Haney. I was adopted when I was one years old from China and have lived in northern Kentucky ever since then. I have always had a fondness for animals. My family adopted our first dog when I was six years old, and the number has grown ever since. To date, I have had five dogs, three hedgehogs, three cats, and a chinchilla, and I have a list of pets I want to adopt in the future that keeps growing.
One of my greatest strengths is my desire to learn more about a wide variety of topics. I am the type of person who will research any topic that catches my interest, and as I am learning, I will find a new topic that also catches my interest. By the time I am finished, the topic I end up on has very little to do with what I started to research. My research habits stem from how I enjoy seeing how ideas and information are connected and how those connections can be applied to a bigger picture.
I think that my love of animals played a major part in why biology was one of my favorite subjects in high school. I wanted to combine my interest in biology and applying knowledge from a wide variety of topics which is why I decided to major in biomedical engineering at UC.
I will be a fourth year in the fall of 2020 and I have started the ACCEND program (Masters + Bachelors) program. I will be finishing my third co-op rotation summer 2020 at Cincinnati Children's Hospital where I have been working in the Cardiothoracic Surgery research lab where they work with a lot of data mining. It has been exciting to see how what we have learned as part of the BME curriculum can be applied in research.