Hello, I’m Pin-Chun. I am a Cognitive Science Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine, preparing to graduate sometime in 2021. My research interests are sleep and cognition, including the role of aging, cardiac autonomic activity, and brain stimulation on sleep-dependent cognitive enhancement.
I was born and grew up in Kaohsiung, a city in southern Taiwan. In 2013, I moved to Taipei to pursue my undergraduate studies at National Chengchi University, where I worked with Dr. Chien-Ming Yang in the Sleep Lab. In 2017, I received my B.S. in Psychology and B.Ed. in Education with 1st Class Honors. After graduation, I moved to Irvine to work on my Ph.D. research with Dr. Sara Mednick in the Sleep and Cognition Lab at the University of California, Irvine. In the meanwhile, I completed a Master in Statistics from the Department of Statistics at UC Irvine in 2020. A list of my peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts can be found here (Google Scholar).
Besides research activities, I consider myself an activist for LGBTQ+ rights. I’m also a former percussionist at Taiwan Soloists Symphony Orchestra, National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Youth Camp, and National Taiwan University Symphony Orchestra. During my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, snowboarding, and cooking.