Student Research Assistant at Wexner Medical Center

Over the summer before I enrolled here at The Ohio State University, I accepted a job as a research assistant at Wexner Medical Center. I worked in Dr. Lynne Gauthier’s Neuro-recovery lab. Her lab focus on rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a neurological condition. The project I worked on was a randomized control trial focusing on computerized therapy for stroke patients. When I first began on the project I started out by learning MatLab so I can analyze the data collected from the patients. After a couple of weeks, I transitioned to screening patients, through phone and in person, to determine if they are eligible to enroll in our study. For the first semester I majority learned the basic functioning of the lab from others in the lab.

During my second semester, things began to change. I was able to have more physical contact with patients. I was trained to preform post-test treatments and 6 month follow-up treatments. Over the summer I began treating patients. During that time, one of the senior lab members began medical school and left the lab. I took on more responsibility in the lab for scheduling future patients and entering their data into OSU patient database.

During my time at the lab, a major lesson I learned is that research is so much more than it seems. Since my lab focused more on the clinical side, I get to work with patients unlike in a wet lab. I got to experience the interaction between the healthcare providers and the patients. I was able to interact with patients themselves and work with patient data to uphold HIPPA protocol. In a research study like mine, I was able to experience communication between students, doctors, and physical therapists. All in all, because of this experience I learned that I enjoy patient interaction more than data work. Working in a clinical lab helped me understand that there are many profession in the medical field and help me find what I am passionate about in the medical field.

The Ohio State University Biological Science Scholar Program Pt. 2

Wesley Glen’s Bingo Night

The Biological Sciences Scholar’s program has many events ranging from social gatherings to research lab visits. A service event that I am highly fond of is the visit to Wesley Glen once a month to host a bingo night for the elderly. The elderly always embraced us when we came, they tell many stories about their travels, reliving their past. The scholar’s program also set up a few research lab visits, personally I have gone to visit two: Dr. Word’s lab and Dr. Biesiadecki’s lab. Visiting these lab allowed me to learn more about the Ph.D route. Although the scholar groups offer many service and lab events, it also provide many social events. A favorite of mine was an event to watch the season premiere for season 8 of Game of Thrones. I am a big fan of GoT and the event allowed me to connect with other views of the show. Another memorable event was the honor’s social held outside of Kuhn’s house, the members in the program came together to enjoy some smores and ice-cream.

The Ohio State University Biological Science Scholar Program Pt. 1

I am slowly learning to adapt to a new environment. I joined the Biological Science Scholar program, it is a living community that holds various events. In September I visited a cadaver lab with a few members from our scholar’s program and a couple from the health sciences scholar’s program, it was a unique experience and we were able to talk to the students in the master’s program there. I was unable to take pictures for that visit, but this week I attended a study session held in the Barrett lobby and it was a good change of environment when I was studying for the second chemistry midterm. The scholar’s program also gives us early scheduling time so we might actually get the classes that we want. I have learned in the program that there are a lot of other people who are on the same academic standing as me in college and I should probably not feel so arrogant all the time. There are times where you need to be proud of your achievements but there are also times where you need to keep your head down and learn from others.

Cincinnati Children’s & Bethesda North Hospital Programs

For my national honors society project, my group and I programmed with two hospitals in the Cincinnati area, Cincinnati Children’s and Bethesda North, to create events for patients. At Cincinnati Children’s we organized an event revolving around basketball because it was during march madness, we utilize one of the large conference rooms and made it into a small basketball court. Then we opened it for the patients, we separated the games into ages so children from 3 to 18 can enjoy all the activities. It was a big success, we had multiple games running from horse, knockout, stations to teach young children to shoot and dribble. At Bethesda North we started a concierge program that allows students to interact more with patients and get a more in-depth look at the workplace environment. The program was designed so students can still do regular duties as a volunteer in addition to going into rooms and talking with patients with the nurses. An additional role was added where students can greet a patient from the front entrance and help them settle in from start to finish during their whole stay, there were only 3 people in this group that we created and it was me and 2 other people, 1 from my NHS group and 1 person who was homeschooled. This selective group was created first as a design to whether or not to enable all volunteers this options. Before I left for college I passed the program down to my younger cousins so they are now doing the 3rd year trials before implementing his program. Through this program, I was able to follow doctors into rounds in the cardiac intensive care unit, regular intensive care unit, and our hospital’s emergency department. Also through this department, we were able to participate in major hospital events such as operating the surgical robot DaVincii sII model, weekly interaction with surgical residents and attending and participate in a more in-depth learning experience. Through this experience, I learned that there are a lot of opportunities around you if you look hard enough and even though an idea may seem impossible, there are always people out there looking for the unexpected. You just need to take initiative into what you are passionate in and make your dream a possibility

Tennis in High School

I began playing tennis my junior year in high school, and that is when I fell in love with the sport. It all began as a challenge from one of my friends, the challenge was to beat her in a match by sping. Let me put this out there now, she plays at the national level while I have never touched a racquet in my life. So I began my journey in tennis one winter afternoon in my chemistry class, for the first few months tennis took over my life; I began spending 10 to 15 hours a week at a club, every moment I got I spent on learning how to serve a ball, hit a forehand, a backhand, and much much more. Tennis is so much more than it seems, there are so many variables that can affect the outcome of a match. The wind, the angle the racquet is at, the speed of your swing, the speed of the incoming ball, topspin, slicing, the height of the bounce, the location of where the ball is at in the court, they all affect how the pace of the game goes. Once into a game, the world around me disappears, the world results to me, my racquet, and the ball. I did not win against her during the spring but I did gain the appreciation for tennis, I found the sport I love and I would not have if it wasn’t for some silly challenge. That experience got me to join the tennis team at my school and I met some amazing people there. The lesson to be learned here is there are many things in life that are new. By trying new things you slowly uncover interests that were still unknown to you, it is important to experience new concepts and diversify yourself. Maybe something simple will surprise you.

About Me

High Lines, New York City

Greeting, my name is Zhiwei Wang and a few call me Zach. I am from Cincinnati and am majoring in neuroscience along with a minor in alternative approaches to health and wellness here at The Ohio State University. Currently I am pursing a career in medicine, to aid me in the process I am on the pre-medicine tract. My hope is to become a physician who will help serve the vulnerable. My reason for joining the biological science scholar’s group is because I wanted to meet people who share the same passion as I and to have people who will advance with me throughout my educational career. During my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, running, and giving back to the community.

2017 Milford JV Tennis Team

Testing the Da Vinci SII surgical system at Bethesda North Hospital

Volunteering at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Year in Review

During the first couple of months of college, I was so stressed, I was overwhelmed by the new enviorment and the difference in size of all my courses. During that time I was grateful for all of my high school friends who stood beside me when I was transitioning, most of us were quiet and we didn’t particularly like to socialize with new people so I think it was hard for most of us to find another group for us to be a part of. It was hard, the first time I met people whom I share some connection to was in the Biological Scholar’s group, there was a community housing style and I had a good start with the people across the hall. I was good to meet some people rather than none, I then went on to meet some amazing people who are in the same major as I. I still need to find people who I can truly connect to and this will slowly happen during all 4 years that I am here. My original expectation for the scholar’s program was a lot more, I was hoping for more connections towards the hospital or other professors who I might have in the future. The scholar’s group tried to attempt that but to a minimum, there were events that brought the first-year student towards basic steps in advancing in a career for medicine; however, there was nothing extensive most of which was basic information.


I joined biological sciences scholar program because it was a good starting point to meet like-minded students here at The Ohio State University. An introduction to a community of student interested in healthcare will benefit my educational career, having a support system regarding. I enjoy competition so I was hoping that being in this program I would find people like me, I also enjoy thinking of starting programs that are outside the norm and I would like the input of people who knows and agrees upon what I want to do. I feel like being able to understand one another is a trait that is required if you ever want to do anything in society, that is one of the two struggles leaders face. They have great ideas but if they cannot convey it to the general public the idea is useless, also another problem is all the hopes and regulation that needs to be solved before the program can take effect. Policies and finances play so much into what a person can or cannot do, they dictate if a person will become a leader or just another ordinary person with great ideas.

  • Global Awareness:

My family is very traditional and care very much about the core of our culture; since I was raised in a society where family values and social values differ I was able to experience the best and worse of both. There are some things where others are confused on why I am who I am and why I act differently to them, it is because the way we were raised and our belief and values were different. I believe that people need to experience different cultures to truly understand the person and accept them for who they are. At OSU I would like to spread my own culture by being part of the Asian American clubs on campus, they share multiple events together and going to the event I meet people who are the same as me and had the same upbringing. These events are open to everyone so during certain holidays there are always events and I should try to get people to come.

  • Original Inquiry:

I am currently in the Neruorecovery Lab at the Wexner Medical Center and we do research on how computer-induced therapy on patients who have a stroke and Parkinson’s. For patients with Parkinson’s, we use brain lesion to study the effects of the surgery and incorporate drugs to help aid the regeneration of dopamine in the substania nigra and help with movement control. I have currently been offered another position in another lab regarding Alzheimer’s by Dr. Bishiop. That lab is new at Ohio State and I believe it would be a great way to get to learn more about diseases regarding the brain.

  • Academic Enrichment:

I want to be able to take some 5000 level courses here at OSU before I graduate, there are multiple courses I would like to attempt that is in the college of medicine and is peaking my interest. I want to take courses well beyond the normal student.

  • Leadership Development:

I take lead in labs during sciences courses and I am currently working towards a leadership position in the medical innovation club.

  • Service Engagement:

Volunteerinig at the hosptitals and genreal volunteering oppertunites I get along my way. I also want to begin shadowing doctors at hospitals and that way I can learn new method of helping patients and to serve the community.