HumAnes of UCLA: Miranda Le

Introducing Miranda Le, Communications Coordinator

Miranda Le

February 3, 2023

Where were you born and raised? What was your childhood dream?
I was born in Florida and spent a very brief period of my infant life there until moving to Fresno, California. I spent my childhood in the Central Valley (the true California valley) before coming to UCLA for college. Growing up, I was a part of my town’s club swim team and envisioned myself becoming a competitive swimmer or coach. Although I no longer compete, I still love being in the water!

What did you study in college? How did you develop an interest in communications?
My major in college was Human Biology and Society, which explored the scientific and societal factors of current issues. I’ve worked on a number of projects in educational outreach and research over the years, through which I came to recognize digital communications as a creative and accessible way to improve health care. As a Communications Coordinator, my overarching goal is to strengthen the bridge between health professionals, scientists, and their communities.

What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I appreciate being part of a talented, yet open-minded team! I’ve met so many people here with diverse backgrounds, talents, and perspectives, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to showcase the amazing work our department members are doing for medicine and the community.

Miranda Le at a boodle fight

What do you like to do for fun outside of work?
I love food! My favorite pastime is exploring new restaurants and cuisines. My friends and I went to LA Rose Cafe recently, and I tried my first ever boodle fight, which is a Filipino feast where food is served on banana leaves and eaten with your hands. It was delicious and uber fun!

Do you have any special talents?
I came from a musical high school, so I have a background in choir, piano, violin, and cello. I don’t play any instruments anymore, but I can name any Taylor Swift song (except from her first album) if you play the first ten seconds of it.

What is your favorite book, movie, song, or TV show, and why?
I could talk about The Good Place for ages. It’s a perfectly executed show, and it still impresses me how it teaches about a subject as complex as moral philosophy while also being funny.

What has been your favorite vacation destination so far?
Cancun for the relaxing beaches, beautiful cenotes, and tasty buffets!

Miranda Le at a concert

Anything planned for your next vacation?
I loved my time in New Orleans for the ASA Annual Meeting so much that I’m going again in the spring! The beignets and fried chicken are to die for, and I’m excited to experience Mardi Gras for the first time.

What aspects of Los Angeles do you enjoy the most?
I am in love with L.A. weather, food, and history. Something that I am incredibly appreciative of, though, is the music scene here. I’m able to see all of my favorite artists live in concert because everyone makes a stop here.