USC stem cell master’s program alumnus Tianli “Sheldon” Ding: Science saved his life at 21, and now this Trojan is on a mission

Tianli "Sheldon" Ding
Tianli "Sheldon" Ding (Image courtesy of USC Advancement Communications)

If Tianli Ding needed any confirmation that he was on the right path in life, he got in the form of a diagnosis: leukemia.

When Ding was an undergraduate in college, stem cells in his blood betrayed him and turned cancerous. What happened next only made him more determined to study stem cells and use the science behind them to heal.

Watch below as Ding — who goes by the first name Sheldon — shares his journey as a Keck School of Medicine of USC master’s student in the USC Stem Cell program.

What’s up next for the recent graduate? He’ll devote his career to fighting Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases.

Ding was able to attend USC thanks to a donor-funded scholarship. Visit our scholarships site to see more stories of scholarship-supported students who are making a difference.

Mentioned in this article: Michael Bonaguidi, PhD