Biomedical Engineering (major), Psychology (minor), potentially pre-med track.
I like to draw cartoons, and my spirit animal is a stout.
My fascination in biomedical engineering bloomed from my interest in the technology-oriented field of precision medicine and the role of big data in the analysis of infectious diseases. Planted from my youth when I watched in awe as my father used cutting-edge medicine to treat patients at Shriners hospital, this seedling of interest drove me to seek the mechanisms behind advancements in medicine. This fascination was further cultivated through medical-engineering programs like the Perry Initiative and pruned through observing international doctors save a critically burnt baby using remote technology during my trip to China.
My passion finally rooted during my internship of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in the Stanford Genome Center. As I used R programming to analyze data and watched my mentors use computational tools such as Deep Learning, I became aware of engineering’s role in innovative medicine. At Duke, I yearn to continue my own research about the effects of CFS on the homeless population, as well as to further the understanding of precision medicine's relationship to chronic diseases. In a world filled with the growing importance of big data, biomedical engineering would be the paramount skill needed to achieve this dream.
What drew me to the SPIRE program was its wide network of mentors and the many opportunities that it provides for its students. Through this wide support group, I hope to better understand the field of biomedical engineering that I intend to enter and become better prepared for any challenges ahead.