As a first-generation Taiwanese-American, who grew up gay in a deeply religious community in Arizona, Mark Jeng often struggled with seemingly incongruent identities. He eventually came out to his friends and family during his senior year at Arizona State University, where he was studying molecular biology and statistics. Upon graduation, he moved to California to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), researching the molecular consequences of immune system aging. Outside the laboratory, he became involved in LGBTQ activism by helping to organize the UCSF LGBTQIA Health Forum, the largest student-run program dedicated to educating medical providers about LGBTQI health care disparities. He was particularly inspired by the stories from the transgender patients who, as individuals and a community, demonstrated resilience in their pursuit of equitable health care treatment. Searching for his own community and unsatisfied with the lack of structured support for LGBTQ scientists at UCSF, he co-founded the Graduate Queer Alliance and started the widely attended “Out in Science” series, a panel discussion highlighting the rich intersection of LGBTQ identity and the sciences. In the fall of 2016, Mark began his medical training at Stanford University and continues his commitment to the LGBTQ community through his leadership within LGBTQ-Meds, a social and activist organization with a focus on queer health issues. By developing LGBTQ-health curricula, campus mentoring programs, and workshops for pre-health LGBTQ students, Mark remains passionate about creating inclusive and supportive community spaces for those around him. 

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