Shenqi is a 4th year graduate student studying plant synthetic biology with a particular interest in the biosynthesis of an anti-cancer drug precursor, camptothecin, in a plant called the Happy Tree. Shenqi graduated from National University of Singapore with a master's degree on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a bachelor's degree on Biomedical Sciences. Shenqi interned in an Israeli startup company, TransAlgae, as a business development assistant, and helped the company to expand its services to the Asian market. After her entrepreneurship education, Shenqi co-founded Hebron SG with a focus on the development of sustainable urban farming strategies of herbal medicines. In her spare time, Shenqi enjoys jigsaw puzzles, gardening and snowboarding.
“I am looking forward to work with Canaan through Canaan-Yale Fellowship. This is a great opportunity for me to gain a deeper understanding of the decision-making process of a venture capital firm on investments in early-stage health care and technology companies. I have developed a strong interest in entrepreneurship through different experiences including founding my own startup project, connecting with individual investors, and working in a startup company. All along my journey so far, I am always curious about how VC firms could make big decisions with a relatively small team and how projects are evaluated and selected. I wish to receive hands-on training through working directly on real-life projects with Canaan and the Yale Ventures team, which will surely be an invaluable experience for my career development.”