Peer Advisors


Track 1 Advisors:

JongwanPark


Name: Jongwan Park
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Imaging and Instrumentation)
Career Plans: PhD or MD
Academic Interests: Biomedical optics, computational modeling, neurology
Favorite Courses: Biochemistry, Signals and Systems, Quantitative Physiology, Numerical Methods, Biomedical Instrumentation Design
Experience:
Research Assistant, Dr. Thomas Milner – Optical mounting design for mice retinal OCT imaging, 3D printing of optical stages, optimization of SLS 3D printer by incorporating OCT system
Research Assistant: Dr. Hyun Kim – Develop Organ-on-a-Chip in conjunction with microbiome
Extracurricular Interests: Working out, watching Netflix, music concerts, hanging out

McKenzieChen


Name: McKenzie Chen
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Imaging/Bioinstrumentation or Computational), Business Minor, Certificate in Computational Science and Engineering
Career Plans: Graduate School, Masters (thesis) in BME or EE
Academic Interests: Image processing, signals/DSP, embedded systems
Favorite Courses: Freshman Lab, Embedded Systems, Numerical Methods, Signals and Systems, Biomaterials
Experience:
Research assistant (Rylander Lab), research intern (MD Anderson Cancer Center), software intern (NASA)
Extracurricular Interests: tennis, kayaking, road trips, music (cello, piano)
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MarkChen


Name: Mark Chen
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomedical Imaging and Instrumentation)
Career Plans: Graduate School then Industry
Academic Interests: Software development, computational modeling, medical devices
Favorite Courses: Intro to computing, Numerical Methods, Embedded Systems, Biomechanics
Experience:
Learning assistants: Introduction to BME Design, Computational Fundamentals of BME Design
Research Assistant: Dr. Michael Sacks – Programming tensile stretch bioreactor for measuring parameters of aortic valve deformation.
Study Abroad: Transport Phenomena in Living Systems (Cambridge, England)
Extracurricular Interests: Badminton, frisbee, music, videogames, YouTube, hanging out

RuchikaMitbander


Name: Ruchika Mitbander
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Imaging and Instrumentation)
Career Plans: Graduate School (PhD)
Academic Interests: Wearable devices, Medical devices, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience
Favorite Courses: Biochemistry, Embedded Systems, Biomaterials, Signals, Biomechanics, Numerical Methods, Popular Astronomy
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Nanshu Lu- fabrication of stretchable, flexible electronics including 1) a noninvasive continuous blood pressure monitoring wearable patch and 2) a NFC device for collection of EKG, hydration, and SpO2 measurements
Research in Collaboration with Dr. Andrew Ellington- designing an epidermal DNA biosensor patch for detection of biomolecules excreted in sweat
Study Abroad Program: Transport Phenomena in Living Systems in Cambridge, England with Dr. Kenneth Diller
Extracurricular Interests: Ballroom dancing, reading, clarinet, computer animation, crafts


Track 2 Advisors:

ConnieZhao


Name: Connie Zhao
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Track Focus: Cellular Biomolecular Engineering), Pre-Health Certificate
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Devices, Biochemistry
Favorite Courses: Intro to Computing, Organic Chemistry, Numerical Methods, Quantitative Engineering Physiology
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Hyun Kim – Develop Organ-on-a-Chip, in vitro modeling systems used to mimic organ tissues in conjunction with the natural body microbiome
Extracurricular Interests: Art, music concerts, hiking, food exploring, and trying to work out

SumarthMehta


Name: Sumarth Mehta
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Track Focus: Cellular Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Programming, Neurochemistry, and Physiology
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry II, Biomechanics, Intro to Computing, Genetics
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Johnston – Monoclonal antibody formulation for low viscosity and high concentration
Doctor shadowing: Urological surgeon and pediatric surgeon
Extracurricular Interests: Working out, live music, outdoor activities, programming, and technology

AnikaTanwani


Name: Anika Tanwani
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Track Focus: Cellular Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Cardiology, Neurology, and Drug Delivery
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry, Genetics, Statistics, and Numerical Methods
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Janet Zoldan – work with finding and implementing different methods of cardiac regeneration post myocardial infarction
Doctor shadowing: Neurologist – Dr. Suprabha Bhat
Intern: MD Anderson Cancer Center – Diagnostic Radiology
Extracurricular Interests: Collecting coca cola bottles, Netflix, kayaking, and hiking

SamanthaBrocklehurst


Name: Samantha Brocklehurst
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Infectious diseases, childhood cancer treatments
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry I, Biochemistry, Network Analysis in Biomedical Engr., BME 113L
Experience:
Intern: Austin Urogynecology- surgical medical assistant, imaging
Extracurricular Interests: dancing, yoga, baking, hiking, eating ice cream, cheering on the horns

PeterKenny


Name: Peter Kenny
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Neurophysiology
Favorite Courses: Engr. Physiology, Organic Chemistry 1 & 2, Numerical Methods, Signals, Foreign Policy
Experience:
Research Assistant for Dr. Sakiyama-Elbert in spinal astrocyte repair function
Extracurricular Interests: Working out, cooking, long walks and long talks

FranzBelz


Name: Franz Belz
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: MD or MD/PhD
Academic Interests: Drug delivery across the blood brain barrier
Favorite Courses: Anatomy and Physiology, Construct Meaning out of Life, Physical Chemistry
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Dunn (Functional optical imaging laboratory)- delivering drugs across the blood
brain barrier using a combination of high frequency ultrasound and mannitol injections.
Advanced Technology Group Intern: Luminex Corporation – Assisted in developing bioassay technology
Quality Engineering Intern: Apollo Endosurgery– Determined product biocompatibility, maintained
device records and handled shipping processes
Extracurricular Interests: Soccer, giving people a hard time, music, philosophical discussions
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DanielaBarrios


Name: Daniela Barrios
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering), Minor in Chemistry
Internal transfer into BME and an international student.
Career Plans: Graduate School
Academic Interests: Drug delivery materials, Nanotechnology, Protein synthesis
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry II, Genetics, Cultural Anthropology
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Nicholas Peppas – Optimization of UV-crosslinked alginate nanoparticles and molecularly imprinted nanoparticles used for protein attraction in tissue regeneration
Research Assistant: Dr. Nichole Rylander – Cell culture, fluorescent confocal microscopy and image processing to analyze cancer cell growth
Attended Transport Phenomena in Living Systems in Cambridge, England with Dr. Kenneth Diller.
Extracurricular Interests: Reading, drawing, cooking and playing tennis

BelleParizot


Name: Belle Parizot
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Track Two: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Cardiology and reproductive medicine
Favorite Courses: Engineering Communications, Intro to Numerical Methods in BME, Biomechanics
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Jeanne Stachowiak (UT Austin) – Cell membrane dynamics
Research Assistant: Yong-Jian Geng (UT Medical School in Houston) – Tissue culture and angiogenesis
Extracurricular Interests: Running, watching Top Chef, eating at new restaurants, listening to music, and general outside activities

SunjnaKohli


Name: Sunjna Kohli
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Track 2: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Industry
Academic Interests: Implantable technologies, medical devices, biomedical fluid mechanics, mechanical design
Favorite Courses: Numerical Methods, Biomechanics, Organic Chemistry, Differential Equations
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Lydia Contreras, Department of Chemical Engineering
Extracurricular Interests: Running, working out, hiking, visiting museums

Swetha Maddipudi


Name: Swetha Maddipudi
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular & Biomolecular Engineering), Certificate in Pre-Health Professions, Minors in Sociology & Business
Career Plans: Medical School (MD/MPH or MD/MS)
Academic Interests: Artificial Intelligence, Neuroimaging, Tumor Microenvironments, and Socioeconomic Factors in Healthcare and Education
Favorite Courses: Physiology I & II, Junior Lab, Medical Device Design & Manufacturing, and Signals & Systems
Experience:
Intern: Diagnostic Medicine (Dell Medical School)
Research Assistant: Dr. Marissa N Rylander
Research Assistant: Dr. Aaron Baker
Extracurricular Interests: cooking, reading, concerts, and running
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JamesBurden


Name: James Burden
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular Biomolecular Engineering), Pre-Health Certificate, Jefferson Scholars Certificate Program
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Cancer Prevention, Biotechnology, Anatomy & Physiology, and Orthopedic/Sports Medicine
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry, Biotransport, Biomechanics, Masterworks of World Drama
Experience:
Research Internship – UT Health Northeast, Doctor Shadowing – Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist
Extracurricular Interests: Running, swimming, exploring restaurants in Austin, ultimate frisbee, volunteering, cheering on UT football and basketball

ZebaBemat


Name: Zeba Bemat
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering); Educational Psychology Minor; Business of Healthcare Certificate
Career Plans: Medical School (MD/MPH)
Academic Interests: Psychological/neurological development, psychopathology, vaccine/therapeutic engineering
Favorite Courses: Biomechanics, Cancer Bioengineering, Engineering Physiology, Engineering Global Health, Genetics
Experience:
Research Assistant, Dr. Catherine Echols (Department of Psychology)
Extracurricular Interests: Writing/editing, running, live music, reading, current events, cooking
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AnishaDatta


Name: Anisha Datta
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Graduate School in BME, Academia
Academic Interests: Immune Engineering, Cell Signaling and Cancer Metastasis
Favorite Courses: Introduction to Computing, Network Analysis in BME, Differential Equations, Biochemistry, Biomechanics, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems
Experience:
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Dr. Laura Suggs
Extracurricular Interests: Indian Classical Dance, Tutoring, Movies (Bollywood), Reading, Exploring new food, Traveling

AlexandraDumitru


Name: Alexandra Dumitru
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Career emphasis: Track II-Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Industry & Medical School
Academic Interests: Tissue engineering, nanoparticle cancer therapy, image processing, medical devices and therapies (specifically for neonates or pediatric patients), IP rights, literature and jazz
Favorite Courses: Engineering Physiology I & II, Signals and Systems Analysis, Biomedical Instrumentation, Introduction to Numerical Methods, Probability and Statistics, Biochemistry
Experience:
MD Anderson Imaging Physics Intern: created a computational model for nanoparticle cancer therapy. Dell Pediatric Research Intern: investigated the efficiency of albuterol delivery through a pediatric nasal. Research assistant for BME Laboratory for Cardiovascular Bioengineering and Therapeutics. R&D Intern for CCC Information Services.
Extracurricular Interests: Running, yoga, Real Beauty Campaign, sand volleyball, SEEK & Thinkery mentorship, reading and listening to music
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AndyYu


Name: Andy Yu
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Track 2 – Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Stem Cells, Epigenetics, Neuroscience
Favorite Courses: Introduction to African American Music, Statistics, Genetics
Experience:
Undergraduate Research Assistant in Dr. Kim’s Lab, Biomedicine Intern at Thomson Reuters
Extracurricular Interests: Cooking, Baking, Skateboarding, Sketching, Listening to Music

KirthanReddy


Name: Kirthan Reddy
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Neurology, Medical Devices, Prosthetics
Favorite Courses: Intro to Computing, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomechanics
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Hiroshi Nishiyama – Studying granule cell movement across molecular layer in mouse cerebellum
Extracurricular Interests: Basketball, drumming, baking, and checking daysoftheyear.com

GretaHanding


Name: Greta Handing
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering), Spanish Minor
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Transport Phenomena, Anatomy and Physiology, Neurochemistry, Orthopedics, Epigenetics
Favorite Courses: Engineering Physiology, Biomaterials, Genetics
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Jennifer Proft – developing new hurricane categorization system and analytics; Dr. John Wallingford – planar cell polarity and protein expression in developing embryos
Biomedical Intern: MGC Medical – developed program for self-contained ambulatory negative pressure boot; Cognitive Scale – helped design UI for smart healthcare application
Study Aboard: Transport Phenomena in Cambridge, England with Dr. Diller; Embedded Systems in Hyderabad, India with Dr. Yeraballi
Extracurricular Interests: Exploring Austin, trying to be fit, baking, crafting, Netflix, podcasts, reading

AngelaLiu


Name: Angela Liu
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Radiology, Neuroscience
Favorite Courses: Biomechanics, Numerical Methods, Network Analyses in BME
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Hyun-Jung Kim- Develop Organ-on-a-Chip that mimics microbiome
Summer Research Internship: Dr. Jyh-Cheng Chen (National Yang-Ming University)- Formulated image reconstruction algorithm and GATE Monte Carlo simulation for digital tomosynthesis x-ray images
Research Assistant: Dr. Tim Yeh- 3D single-molecule tracking system for cancer biology
Extracurricular Interests: Music therapy, tennis, ping-pong, hiking, exploring Austin, binge-watching Friends

BenPhung


Name: Ben Phung (Hoang Phung)
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering), BSA Chemistry, Business Foundation Certificate
Career Plans: Medical School, Masters in Public Health (MD/MPH)
Academic Interests: Cardiology, neuroscience, public health, medical devices and instrumentation, any kinds of chemistry, teaching/education
Favorite Courses: Physiology, Biomaterials, Transport, Instrumentation, Business Management, Social Dance, all chemistry classes
Experience:
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Dr. Tim Yeh, February 2014 – August 2015
Engineering Tutor, September 2015 – Present
Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain: Engineering Global Health, June 2016
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Dr. Jennifer Maynard, September 2016 – Present
Learning Assistant: Instrumentation and Physiology I, January 2017 – Present
Heart Hospital of Austin: Shadowing/Observer: Fall 2017
Extracurricular Interests: Biomedical Outreach and Leadership Team (BOLT), West Coast Swing dancing, exploring different dance styles, helping people find joy in social dancing, watching movies, cooking, board games, reading, eating different kinds of food, teaching, and mentorship
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JohnLin


Name: John Lin
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: MD/PhD or MD
Academic Interests: Cancer research and machine learning
Favorite Courses: Cell Engineering, Numerical Methods, Physical Chemistry
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Livia Eberlin
Extracurricular Interests: eating, road biking, sleeping

HannahWang


Name: Hannah Wang
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering), French
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Drug delivery, cancer biology
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry II, Network Analysis, French Through the Media
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Debadyuti Ghosh – targeted tumor drug delivery via albumin conjugation
Extracurricular Interests: Cooking/baking, trying new restaurants, reading, live music, traveling

AndyHorvit


Name: Andy Horvit
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Track 2 – Cellular/Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Neurodegenerative Disease, Cardiology, Pathophysiology, Cell Culture, Fluorescent Microscopy
Favorite Courses: Network Analysis in Biomedical Engineering, Biomechanics, Introduction to Numerical Methods, Organic Chemistry II
Experience:
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Dr. Grady Rylander III
Extracurricular Interests: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Saxophone, Boating, Modern Family, Friends

YizhongWu


Name: Yizhong Wu
Degree:  Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering)
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Immunology, Oncology, Genetic Engineering
Favorite Courses: Biochemistry, Genetics, Statistics, Biochemical Engineering, Numerical Methods
Experience:
Summer Research Intern: Dr. Bruce Beutler (UT Southewestern)
Summer Research Fellow: Dr. Naveen Garg (MD Anderson)
Extracurricular Interests: Wrestling, MMA, camping, cooking, animation, video games


Track 3 Advisors:

KarenaYu


Name: Karena Yu
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Computational Biomedical Engineering), B.A. Plan II Honors
Career Plans: Industry, then possibly graduate school or medical school
Academic Interests: Software Development, Neuroscience, Epidemiology, Pharmaceuticals
Favorite Courses: World Literature, Biomechanics, Physical Chemistry, Intro to Computing, Signals and Systems, Embedded Systems
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Tim Yeh – Analyzing EGFR trajectories to identify cancer cell signaling
Study Abroad: BME 353 Transport Phenomena in Living Systems (Cambridge, England)
Extracurricular Interests: Reading, cooking, crafting, dancing, braiding, learning new things
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AngeliqueBautista


Name: Angelique Bautista
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Computational Biomedical Engineering)
Career Plans: Industry
Academic Interests: Software development, medical devices
Favorite Courses: Embedded Systems, Software Design and Implementation, Intro to Computing, Biochemistry
Experience:
Undergraduate Research Assistant- Ultrasound Imaging and Therapeutics Research Lab: Viability of photoacoustic imaging for real-time imaging in surgical procedures
Intern: MGC Medical,LLC – developed negative pressure boot to induce blood circulation in diabetic patients
Study Abroad: Embedded Systems and Industry Experience in India
Extracurricular Interests: Drawing, reading, music

AlanCooper


Name: R. Alan Cooper
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Computational Biomedical Engineering
Career Plans: Graduate School
Academic Interests: Software Development, Molecular Modeling, Medical Devices
Favorite Courses: Introduction to Computing, How Things Work, Software Design and Implementation, Introduction to BME Design
Experience:
Learning Assistant: Dr. Telang – Introduction to Computing
Research Assistant: Dr. Ren – manipulating POLTYPE molecular modeling software
Extracurricular Interests: Teaching, Exploring, Web Development/Design, Gaming, Piano

HaydenLydick


Name: Hayden Lydick
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Computation Engineering Focus), Certificate in
Computational Science and Engineering
Career Plans: Medical School
Academic Interests: Brain-computer interfaces, software development, machine learning, medical device design medicine
Favorite Courses: Numerical Methods, Organic Chemistry I & II
Experience:
Xie Lab Research Assistant, Longhorn Racing: Electric Sub-team
Extracurricular Interests: Videogames, running, swimming, reading

AyeshaRahman


Name: Ayesha Rahman
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Cellular and Biomolecular Engineering and Computational Biomedical Engineering)
Career Plans: Industry, then graduate school
Academic Interests: Organ-on-a-chip, eye diseases, CRISPR-Cas for modifying genes
Favorite Courses: Cell Engineering, Genetics, Intro to Computing, Embedded Systems
Experience:
Research volunteer: Dr. Hyun Jung Kim – Fabrication of intestine-on-a-chip devices for modeling the environment of the intestine
Extracurricular Interests: Reading, doing crafts, baking, visiting libraries and bookstores, taking walks

ChristinaColletti


Name: Christina Colletti
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Computational Biomedical Engineering)
Career Plans: Industry
Academic Interests: Software development, Medical devices
Favorite Courses: Intro to Computing, Numerical Methods, Circuits, Embedded Systems
Experience:
Dentist shadowing: DDS- Dr. Greg Edson
Extracurricular Interests: Kayaking, sailing, sleeping, laughing, reading, UT football

KevinChoy


Name: Kevin Choy
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Computational Biomedical Engineering)
Career Plans: Graduate School
Academic Interests: Software development, image processing, optics
Favorite Courses: Embedded Systems, Software Design and Implementation, Network Analysis, Differential Equations
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Thomas Milner – image processing for laser treatment of articular osteoarthritis, development of laser system for epicardial fat removal, CAD for 3D printing medical device components
Extracurricular Interests: Frisbee, basketball, photography, music, corgis


Track 4 Advisors:

AmandaMeriwether


Name: Amanda Meriwether
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics), B.A. Plan II Honors, Master’s Certificate Public Health
Career Plans: Pursue a Masters of Public Health and a PhD in Biomechanics; Teach at the collegiate and high school level; Reform engineering education; Develop a leather + screen printing business
Academic Interests: Biomechanics, Stress & Motivation in Engineering students
Favorite Courses: World Literature, Biomechanics, Circuits, Tudor England
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Jeanne Stachowiak – direct, targeted chemotherapeutic delivery via connectosomes
Research Assistant: Dr. Jenny Jiang – Single-cell TCR amplification
Internship: Applied Research Labs – Space and Geophysics Lab – Capturing GNSS data for real-time precise point positioning
Extracurricular Interests: Soccer, tennis, outdoor adventuring, kayaking, road biking, reading, baking, crafting, sewing, screen printing, leather working
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RyanPerkins


Name: Ryan Perkins
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics)
Career Plans: Industry
Academic Interests: Biomechanics, Cell Membranes
Favorite Courses: Biomechanics, Intro to Computing, Physical Chemistry, Engineering Probability and Statistics
Experience:
Research Assistant: Dr. Jeanne Stachowiak – working with protein crowding and cellular endocytosis
Internship: Applied Research Laboratories – device development
Extracurricular Interests: Cooking, reading, music festivals, and general shenanigans

SydneyWendt


Name: Sydney Wendt
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics)
Career Plans: Industry
Academic Interests: Prosthetics, orthopedics, biomaterials
Favorite Courses: BBiomechanics, Engineering Probability and Statistics, Introduction to Computing, Circuits, Organic Chemistry
Experience:
Research assistant: Dr. Jeanne Stachowiak- studying affinity between receptors and proteins in the process of endocytosis
Learning assistant: Introduction to BME Design
Maymester: Transport Phenomena in Living Systems in Cambridge, England with Dr. Kenneth Diller
Extracurricular Interests: Food exploring in Austin, watching the Dallas Cowboys, hiking, working out, baking

ElissaBarone


Name: Elissa Barone
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics)
Career Plans: Industry
Academic Interests: Biomaterials, Cancer and Stem Cell Research, Medical Devices
Favorite Courses: Numerical Methods, Organic Chemistry I, Biomechanics, Artificial Organ Design, Device Design and Manufacture
Experience:
Undergraduate Learning Assistant: Introductory Biology, Introduction to BME Design, Developement/Analysis in BME Design, Transport Phenomena in Living Systems (Cambridge, England), Signals and Systems Analysis
Research Assistant: Dr. Janet Zoldan – creating electrospun fiber scaffolds for stem cell differentiation into cardiac tissue
Attended Transport Phenomena in Living Systems in Cambridge, England with Dr. Kenneth Diller.
Extracurricular Interests: hammocking, camping, photography, eating great food
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AnneTuppen


Name: Anne Tuppen
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics)
Internal Transfer from College of Undergraduate Studies
Career Plans: Graduate School and Industry
Academic Interests: Prosthesis, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Nanotechnology, Neuroscience
Favorite Courses: Biomechanics, Biochemistry, Circuits, Quantitative Engineering Physiology, Engineering Physics, Cultural Anthropology, Chinese, American Literature, Architecture and Society
Experience:
Pharmaceutical Intern: Hutchison MediPharma in Shanghai, China – Conducted medical writing of clinical documents, including study protocols, development plans, and investigator brochures.
Research Assistant: Department of Biomedical Engineering, Dr. Chong Xie – Determined a relationship between surgery probe characteristics and the force applied during microelectrode implantation into in vivo mouse brain tissue
Extracurricular Interests: salsa dancing, cooking, music, hiking, sports

KarimSalhadar


Name: Karim Salhadar
Degree: B.S. Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics)
Career Plans: Graduate School to pursue Biomedical Engineering PhD
Academic Interests: Biomaterials, regenerative medicine, medical devices
Favorite Courses: Biomechanics, Introduction to Computing, Computational Fundamentals of BME Design, Engineering Physics II, Network Analysis in BME
Experience:
Attended Transport Phenomena in Living Systems in Cambridge, England with Dr. Kenneth Diller
Extracurricular Interests: Soccer, tennis, drawing, looking at birds
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CarolineYoung


Name: Caroline Young
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Technical Focus: Biomechanics), Certificate in Pre-Health Professions
Career Plans: Attend Physical Therapy school and utilize this degree, become a middle school math teacher, and advocate for Wyldlife and Young Life
Academic Interests: Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics
Favorite Courses: Biomechanics, Network Analysis in Biomedical Engineering, Introduction to Computing
Experience:
Medical Assistant at Pediatric Associates of Austin
Extracurricular Interests: Spending time with middle school girls through Wyldlife, watercoloring, eating ice cream, watching Netflix for way too long (specifically The Office, Gilmore Girls, White Collar, among many other great shows)

JulianaIverson


Name: Juliana Iverson
Degree: Biomedical Engineering (Track Undecided) and Plan II
Career Plans: Graduate School, Biomedical Engineering PhD
Academic Interests: Molecular engineering, tissue engineering and material sciences
Favorite Courses: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomechanics and Transport Phenomena in Living Systems
Experience:
Undergraduate Research in Dr. Suggs lab
Extracurricular Interests: Camp Kesem, soccer, hiking, and bouldering