Ms. Hsu received her BS in Biochemistry and Cell Biology with minor in Business from Rice University in 2013. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she conducted research under the direction of Dr. Jill Schumacher at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Using C. elegans as model, she employed site directed mutagenesis to study Tousled kinase’s role in chromosome separation during anaphase. While volunteering at the National Centre for Maternal and Children’s Health in Mongolia, she realized health and science research policy’s impact on public health. After graduation, Frances secured employment with PCORI in Washington DC; she continued her career and moved to Oregon to accept a position at University of Oregon's Health & Science Center in 2018.