Hugo Arellano '09
Hugo Arellano ’09, a native of Mexico City, is studying molecular and cellular biology at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. In his graduate program, his laboratory work is focused on understanding how mitosis occurs at the molecular level.
While at Princeton, Arellano took full advantage of the range of academic offerings. He remembers Professor Bill Bialek’s lectures, and how Bialek offered a “whole systems” approach that he found so interesting.
He also took classes in sociology and Spanish literature and spent one summer in Mexico conducting research on the cultural integration of indigenous populations in Veracruz.
Arellano focused on questions of integration and identity because he believes that the problems behind so many social issues emerge because "people don't know each other."
Throughout his education, Arellano looked for ways to go beyond "difference" by making friends with students from around the world and by participating in various cultural and service activities. Before coming to Princeton, he attended the United World College of South East Asia in Singapore, one of a consortium of international secondary schools that emphasizes a multicultural perspective and social service.
One of Arellano’s favorite activities as a student, which he started his freshman year, was dancing with the Ballet Folklórico de Princeton, which performs traditional Mexican folk dances. "I love that," he says. "Not only is it very different from being in the lab, but it also speaks to the culture behind the dances." Arellano was also active in the Davis International Center .