Behind the Test Tube: Q&A

Yu Gu—Graduate Student, Fasan Group

A poster featuring the person's image and the answer to two profile questions.

Where is home/Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Chongqing, China. It is a big, beautiful, historical city adjacent to Szechuan Province.

Why did you choose chemistry as a career?

For me, chemistry is a central science, which connects other sciences to each other. It helps better understand the world around us.

Proudest accomplishment while at the University of Rochester?

That I still feel excited and motivated about research even after going through tons of failure. Plus, I do feel how I have kept growing along my PhD journey.

What do you like to do when not in the department?

I love watching movies, hiking, swimming and traveling. I especially like exploring good food and fun places during my trip.

A Rochester must?

The Lilac Festival.

Feast/meal of the times? Details, please!

Szechuan hot pot, the most popular dish of my hometown. It takes 30 min for food prep and 2-4 h for eating.

An inspiring book/movie/show? We are really curious as to why!

I like the movie Life of Pi directed by Ang Lee since the ending is really thought-provoking.

Care to share about a special tradition in your family/town/country?

Most of family in my region eat smoked meat instead of dumplings for Chinese New Year.

Fun fact or quote:

I love the smell of yeast extract!

Ask me about…

Best Chinese/Szechuan restaurant in town; how to make an authentic Szechuan hot pot; life in a mountain city.

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