Jack (Xinkang) Du
Jack is the Graduate Intern at Research Narrative from the MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management. A population geneticist by training, Jack is enthusiastic about data science and using storytelling to make numbers come alive. As an ex-teacher, he has a burning passion for education and the EdTech industry, making him the perfect candidate for developing strategies to grow the company’s footprint into the EdTech sector.
+ Jack conducted oncology research on glioblastoma and quantitative genetics research in fishery science, developing molecular markers to reveal the evolutionary history of fish populations via statistical modelling.
+ Jack was an application specialist at Becton & Dickinson (BD), and the manager of the information center at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, before becoming a science
teacher and starting the Chinese program at Paraparaumu College, where he taught for 5 years.
+ Jack is currently pursuing an MBA at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and is developing a language learning game called “Lost Abroad”.
EDUCATION & OTHER FUN STUFF
Jack grew up in China and went to New Zealand to pursue a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and, later, a Honors in Marine Biology at Victoria University of Wellington. Being a people person, he realized that a life in the lab was not for him and went on to teach science and Chinese at a New Zealand high school.
Seeing first-hand how traditional teaching methods failed to engage today’s learners, Jack developed a keen interest in EdTech and ultimately came to business school to start his own company gamifying education.
Jack loves a good challenge and is at his best in a problem-solving mode in uncharted territories, of which there is no shortage in the innovative environment at Research Narrative.