Erica cross-pollinates between the arts and sciences, theory and practice, and across cultures. A daughter of immigrants from post-Cultural Revolution China, in America she had the freedom to pursue music and the arts while curious about the science she grew up in. As she engaged in her studies first at Princeton in Psychology and Music Performance, then a MPhil in Music Studies at Cambridge, followed by medical school at Columbia University, she witnessed both the stories and theories of how music impacts lives like her own and the students and children she knew. She's excited about implementing interventions and programmes which bring out music's ability to affect human functioning and build community, while engaging in the new ideas behind music as a form of communication and oral history. She believes in the power of music in aiding neuropsychiatric disorders, in reconciliation and understanding between communities, and in reshaping our institutions and cultures towards civil society. Music, like communities such as Gates, showed her who she was as an individual while grounded in a shared humanity.