Why was the KU School of Engineering the right choice for you?
KU was the right choice for me because I really like the research and it is a great personal fit. I believe to accomplish successful scientific work in relatively new majors, such as Bioengineering, it is very important to collaborate. Bioengineering at KU is truly a multidisciplinary and collaborative program by bridging several majors together across Lawrence main campus, west campus and KU medical center. Also, we have amazing group of student and great program director which makes me feel I am part of a family!
What are you currently researching?
Studying in bimolecular engineering, I work on characterizing different biological compounds such as proteins and lipids, which have therapeutic applications. I use my engineering background to develop and apply methods to quantify the properties of these compounds at the interface. The interfacial properties such as interfacial rheology of therapeutic lipid and proteins could explain their biological function and therefore could shed light on drug design and development.
What do you want to do after graduation?
Either in academia or in industry I want to continue working on drug development and characterization. I am very excited about the potential of my research on the interfacial properties of biological compounds and hopefully I could work on it in my future research.
What is your favorite thing on campus or in Lawrence that a prospective student should check out?
Spencer museum of art is one of my favorite places on campus. It is so relaxing to take a walk there and get to know more about a great artist’s work. Also, we have a beautiful pond close to Jayhawk Boulevard on campus, which is a great place to have lunch and sit and read a book.
What advice do you have for prospective graduate students?
Other than the ranking of the school, the productivity of the program, and the research topic, it is important that you like the people you are working with and the city you live in. Ku has all the above and Lawrence could easily become a new home!