Two diplomas in one month for Delphos grad


By Dean Brown - [email protected]



Lizzie Chung graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School with an Award of Honor and an Honors Diploma almost two weeks after receiving her degree in Biology from The Ohio State University.

Lizzie Chung graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School with an Award of Honor and an Honors Diploma almost two weeks after receiving her degree in Biology from The Ohio State University.


Lizzie Chung

Lizzie Chung


Lizzie Chung with her sister Alexa


DELPHOS — Lizzie Chung graduated from Delphos Jefferson High school Saturday.

That was her second graduation this month.

She graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in biology almost two weeks earlier.

“My ultimate goal is to go to Harvard Medical School’s M.D./Ph.D. program to study neurosurgery and biophysics,” Lizzie said. “It gives me more of an opportunity to engage in higher-level research and to fine-tune the skills that I have currently been working on.”

Lizzie’s life has taken some twists and turns but she has always been motivated to succeed. She spent a lot of her time helping to take care of her father. Her father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002 a year before Lizzie was born. When Lizzie was in eighth grade, her father’s health had worsened. It was then that Lizzie decided to take college courses that would allow her schedule to be more flexible so that she could help with her father’s care. Her father, Howard, died from complications from multiple sclerosis on July 30, 2018 before the plan could be implemented. She proceeded to take the college courses through the College Credit Plus program anyway.

“I think my siblings and I had to make mature decisions or maybe show a little bit more maturity than someone typically would at that age just because our dad was in the hospital when we were growing up,” she said.

This summer Lizzie will be doing an internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) studying biological engineering. She thinks her study will involve vaccine data with machine learning and something with immunotherapies, but nothing is definite.

“I’m really interested in immunology and neuroimmunology because I’m really interested in multiple sclerosis,” she said.

She has worked at Ohio State, MIT, and Harvard. At Ohio State, she was involved with microbiology research on bio-mechanisms for genetically engineered bacterial cells. At MIT, she performed chemical engineering research with genome engineering. At Harvard, she engaged in COVID data analysis research. Lizzie worked in a program in bio-statistics and computational biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Although she started college at 14, it’s not all books for Lizzie. She hosts a podcast titled “Doc Talk With Liz.” In her podcast, Lizzie talks with researchers and doctors, covering a wide range of topics including cell biology, neurobiology, art therapy, biophysics and protein engineering. Sports are also a part of her life. She was on the high school varsity soccer team for four years. Her social life sounds like other teenagers.

“I spend time with people,” she said. “I’m not anti-social. I love to spend time with my friends and I like to go out and do stuff. I like to travel if I can. I like to paint. I like to watch movies. I do a lot of other things other than studying.”

Long-term goals involve giving back to the community. “I want to invest in science centers around the Lima and Delphos areas because I’ve noticed through the stuff that I’ve done is, that a lot of people who get to the really top institutions have had a lot of opportunities early in their lives.”

Lizzie’s sister Alexa states the obvious when describing her sister.

“She’s very motivated and she’s really determined to accomplish her goals,” she said. “She never forgets her family which is always nice.”

Lizzie Chung has had many experiences that not every teenager can even imagine. Her experiences and family ties will continue to serve as motivators as she endeavors to unravel the mysteries of multiple sclerosis.

Lizzie Chung graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School with an Award of Honor and an Honors Diploma almost two weeks after receiving her degree in Biology from The Ohio State University.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_lizzie004.jpgLizzie Chung graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School with an Award of Honor and an Honors Diploma almost two weeks after receiving her degree in Biology from The Ohio State University.
Lizzie Chung
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_izzy001.jpgLizzie Chung
Lizzie Chung with her sister Alexa
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/05/web1_izzy002.jpgLizzie Chung with her sister Alexa

By Dean Brown

[email protected]

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409.

Reach Dean Brown at 567-242-0409.

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