Serena Dai Yichen

2012 Scholar

Serena Dai Yichen

2012 Scholar

Serena was awarded a Hong Kong Jockey Club Scholarship while studying molecular biotechnology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. With a passion for science, she is now pursuing a DPhil in Zoology at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar.

Serena is a thinker who is never short of hypotheses to be tested with scientific experiments. She is captivated by the world’s fascinating unknowns and unfazed by hardships. For one of her experiments, she had to go to the lab every two to three hours to record the changes in protein and ended up staying awake round the clock. She would not have been able to do that if not for her curiosity. Serena celebrates successful experiments but also recognises the contribution to scientific literature of failed attempts. Asked if research is a lonely pursuit, she says “The deeper your research goes, the fewer people understand. After all, they don’t get to witness the exciting moment when the results of an experiment reveal themselves.”