Dr. Ching-Hwa Kiang was born in Taipei, Taiwan and grew up celebrating Chinese traditions and eating food from various regional influences in China and Taiwan. She was active in her school band playing the cornet at Taiwan’s First Girls High School. She immigrated to the United States to enroll in the physics PhD program at the California Institute of Technology. After graduation, she worked at IBM with single wall nanotubes and then eventually came to Rice University to join the physics department, continuing nanoscience research. Today, her research is in biological physics and she enjoys interacting with various fields of study and exploring different challenges.