I am a third year Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program. My research focuses on developing low-cost medical devices for the identification, detection, and quantification of cancer biomarkers using a paper-based platform.
My outreach project is a weekly afterschool club at Elvira Elementary School named Operation S.O.A.R. The students learn about engineering design and teamwork as they work through lessons based on situations that astronauts might encounter on a long journey. Learning how sensors work and how to construct them is a major theme in this program. The other major theme in this afterschool club is how biomedical engineering can help individuals monitor their health using an everyday device – a smartphone.