Tim Bolan joined the Mikkola lab in the summer before his third year, and he is majoring in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and minoring in Biomedical Research. Research is one of his passions. He started conducting research in the UCLA AIDS Institute the summer after his freshman year; however, he transitioned into the Mikkola lab to pursue his interest in human hematopoietic stem cells. His project explores the role of a gene in hematopoietic stem cell metabolism and homeostasis. Tim hopes to improve our understanding of these stem cells for the advancement of treatment for hematological diseases and immune therapies. After his UCLA undergraduate career, he hopes to enter a PhD or MD/PhD program to pursue translational research. Along with his fascination in research, Tim is motivated to conduct translational research from his volunteer work at hospitals. Apart from lab, Tim works as a resident assistant on UCLA’s campus to welcome students to UCLA and facilitate community development. In his free time, he also works for UCLA’s Pediatric AIDS Coalition, volunteers for high school youth programs, enjoys running, and enjoys singing (or attempting to sing).