My name is Kevin Chen and I grew up in San Francisco. I’m a first-generation college graduate and received my B.S. in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology at UCLA. My research background includes studying the development of drug resistance in melanoma in Willy Hugo’s lab at UCLA and understanding the impact of RAS inhibition in immune cells and the tumor microenvironment at Revolution Medicines (Redwood City, CA). I’m excited to be pursuing my PhD studies at UCLA, the institution that inspired me to pursue a career in research. My current research interests are understanding the mechanism of resistance to cancer immunotherapies and developing novel therapeutics that leverage the immune system to prevent or eradicate metastatic tumors. Outside of lab, I enjoy cooking and trying out new coffee shops and restaurants.