First-person accounts of the BioE student experience
Preston is an undergraduate junior in bioengineering, and he is interested in the electrical engineering/programming aspects of bioengineering. Read more about how his experiences in and out of BioE, and being in a competitive major, have shaped his interests and goals.
Sam Krahling is a senior in the Max Lab in the Speech and Hearing Sciences Department, and plans to go into consulting and potentially pursue an MBA in the future. Her activities range far beyond BioE, including becoming ordained to marry her housemates.
Soren Johnson is a senior in bioengineering currently doing research in Dr. Suzie Pun’s lab. His work involves developing nonviral methods for efficient and stable gene transfer in renal progenitor cells. Upon graduation he plans on working in industry after hiking across the United States along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Yoshitaka Goto began in bioengineering as a direct freshman admit and is now a senior. He is actively involved with iGEM, where he has served several leadership roles. He also represented the UW team at the 2016 and 2017 iGEM International Competition, where they won bronze and silver, respectively. He currently works in Dr. Herbert Sauro’s lab, where he performs computational modelling of E. coli and investigates how specific genetic pathways may alter the bacteria’s behavior, specifically with resource drain and cost.
Undergrad Janis Shin discusses her journey from growing up in an undeserved community to BioE, and to overcome the adversity she experienced against her academic pursuits. Looking forward, she hopes to empower students from backgrounds like hers to chase their dreams.
Kevin Shi is a graduate student in the MS/BS program and performs cellular engineering research in the Davis lab, investigating cardiac function and repair. Last year, he worked with Dr. Dianne Hendricks to develop bioengineering outreach modules for local schools. Now, he works to improve awareness and support of mental wellness, student health, and suicide prevention. As an advocate for student wellness, Kevin is motivated by his own experiences in BioE. Learn more about his story and student wellness resources at UW.
Natasha started in BioE as a Direct Freshman Admit and now a senior, she is preparing to study at UW’s School of Dentistry next year. During her time in BioE , she worked on Denatured, a student-run journal, and researched amyloid proteins in Dr. Valerie Daggett’s lab. She also co-founded the Right Brain Campaign, an organization that engages BioE students in artistic activities as a break from the daily rigor of their coursework.
Every UW bioengineer has a story to tell - and Humans of UW Bioengineering is ready to tell them! We look forward to celebrating our community’s resilience and diversity with you - stay tuned.
Seniors Erin Ichinotsubo, Brianna McIntosh and Nina Reese started their storytelling project to help prospective undergraduates discover opportunities in BioE and learn about life in the major. They also sought to celebrate the accomplishments and showcase the department's diversity.
Richard Zong discusses his research in ultrasound and involvement in Bioengage.