Shaylan Hill


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


My name is Shaylan Hill, I grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida, and I am a freshman here at Emory University. I attended Park Vista Community High School in Lake Worth, FL where I was a student in the school’s medical academy. In this academy, I took several medical laboratory classes and became a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA), and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT). I plan to double major in Biology and Spanish on the pre-health track at Emory with plans to study abroad as well.

In high school, I was a part of my church’s youth group in which we did several service projects and mission trips which included volunteering at soup kitchens, and local schools, and helping to build new homes and sustain landscape in impoverished areas. I was also the Vice President of my school’s National Honor Society in which I helped organize food and clothing drives for underprivileged people in developing countries in South America, as well as walks to raise money and awareness for diseases like diabetes. 

During my time in the medical academy, I participated in clinical rotations throughout the year in locations such as JFK Hospital, general practitioner’s offices, pediatric offices, urgent care facilities, and emergency animal clinics. I assisted fellow staff in the hospital’s lab and blood bank, performing tasks such as blood typing and urinalysis. I was also able to observe various surgeries performed on both humans and animals.

I am very passionate about soccer and I have played the sport competitively since I was 8 years old; this sport has helped me develop strong teamwork skills that I can now apply to my studies and work. I am also an equestrian and have competed in several horse shows growing up; this sport has taught me to always expect the unexpected. Here at Emory, I am a member of the school’s weightlifting club, as well as the Outdoor Emory club. I graduated in the top 2% of my high school class, and have also competed in several health science events at the regional, state, and international levels as a part of the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and I earned first place in the Behavioral Heath knowledge category at the state level.

 My passion for and dedication to science and discovery is what motivates me to work in the Liang lab.  I also possess a strong desire for learning, and I believe that my work in the Liang lab will direct me down the right path of achieving both my short and long-term goals, as well as prepare me for my future scientific endeavors. I hope to one day perform my own independent research, with an ultimate career goal of becoming a cardiothoracic or trauma surgeon.