Max Ahn


Emory University
Department of Biochemistry
Office: Rollins Research Center
4150 Rollins Research Center
AtlantaGA 30322


My name is Hyunjun Max Ahn, a freshman majoring in chemistry at Emory University. Although I am originally from Korea, I attended and graduated from high school in Georgia. In high school, I was very involved in tutoring activities – I mainly tutored math, chemistry, reading and ESOL. In fact, I was the president of the tutoring program in my high school and a manager of the math tutoring program in Ocee public library. In addition, I was also very involved in fundraising organizations – I was Historian and Vice President of Make A Wish Foundation in my high school. I seek to continue my tutoring career in Emory through Project Shine – a project dedicated to mentor elementary students.

Other than the volunteer involvement, I further participated in numerous academic competitions in chemistry, Latin and health. In 2015, I was one of the students who scored top 5% in chemistry Olympiad in Georgia state. I am in organization called ChEmory – the only chemistry club in Emory – to further be involved in pursuing my interest in chemistry. Though my study of main interest is biochemistry, I was also very passionate about Latin and classics that I won various awards that are related to it – For example, I won gold medals in National Latin Exams and second place in Reading competition in the National Latin Convention.

I am interested doing research because I genuinely love science: I took every college-leveled science classes that were offered in my high school, and wanted to go beyond what was taught in the classroom. I also found it very interesting how Dr. Liang is seeking to find antiviral drugs by analyzing the molecular architecture of the RNA synthesis machineries of viruses. I am currently on the pre-med track and hope to be a neurosurgeon. Ultimately, I am really interested in studying the effect of the chemicals and hormones on the human brain and biology.