Peter Liu (2014)

Liu, PeterAffiliation at the time of the award: University of Calgary

Citation: Peter’s optimism for life stems from his transformation from a disease burdened child to an international gold medalist in martial arts. As a firm believer in the unique potential that every member of society holds, he empowers his community through leadership, education, and medicine. Peter inspires students to bring out their untapped potentials. As Class Ambassador for the Class of 2015, he implements graduation programs and establishes a strong sense of community in the student body. As an Executive in five student organizations, he is a dedicated advocate for social justice, healthy living, and global health. In addition, as an Orientation Leader, peer helper, and leadership workshop facilitator, he has an indispensable role in cultivating future leaders.

Peter aspires to be a clinician-scientist bringing medical innovations to society. Since first-year, he has contributed three publications to academic journals. His research using oncolytic virus to treat lung cancer is anticipated to culminate into a human clinical trial while his investigation on genome instability aims to unravel novel cancer therapeutic targets. In July 2014, he will be establishing genetic diagnostic tools and teaching a university-level molecular biology course in Nicaragua, implementing his long-envisioned goal of achieving sustainable development through education and innovation.