Gina Ngo is from Havertown, Pennsylvania and will graduate from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, minoring in Peace and Justice and Chinese Language and Cultural Studies. Gina has conducted research on glioblastoma and medulloblastoma at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the University of Pennsylvania. She was named a 2023 Barry Goldwater Scholar for her commitment to brain cancer research. As a child of Cambodian refugees, she also founded Villanova Refugee Empowerment—Villanova University’s only service-based organization dedicated to supporting refugees in their resettlement process. She also volunteers with the Nationalities Service Center, the same organization that helped her family resettle, to assist and accompany refugees from countries around the world, such as Afghanistan and Ukraine.
As a Marshall Scholar, Gina intends to pursue an MPhil in Medical Science (Oncology) at the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford.