Cassy Thanh

Medical Student Researcher

Cassy (she/her) grew up in Chino Hills (SoCal) and moved to the Bay Area in 2012 for college. She has since remained in the SF area because the weather is better, the food is amazing, and the community is inspiring.

Cassy attended UC Berkeley her undergraduate degrees in Rhetoric and Molecular & Cell Biology (MCB). During her undergraduate years, she developed a particular interest in peer-led education, mentorship of women in the sciences, and advocacy for health equity. At the time, she also conducted research in a basic science lab focused on CMV reactivation from latency as well as worked as a medical assistant in a Downtown Berkeley private practice.
After graduating in 2016, she joined the Henrich Lab and started participating in translational HIV research. Her work with the Henrich Lab has continued throughout her matriculation into medical school in 2019, with the completion of her Summer Explore project in 2017 and her return in 2022 to conduct her Deep Explore project. Currently a 4th year medical student at UCSF, she intends to apply to Internal Medicine residency programs this fall, and - deeply impacted by her work with the Henrich Lab - she has the longer-term goal of pursuing a career in Infectious Diseases. Aside from research, she has cultivated a strong interest in MedEd, curriculum development, and health systems improvement during her medical education.

When not in the lab, Cassy can be found drinking copious amounts of tea, rollerblading in Golden Gate Park, exploring the many neighborhoods of SF, and reading novels while basking in the warmth of SF's ambient afternoon light.