UW Bioengineering undergraduate Kadin Brooks will participate in the 2015 Stanford Summer Research Program (SSRP)/Amgen Scholars Program. The program runs June 20-August 22. As part of the program, Kadin will live on campus at Stanford University and work full time on a research project related to cell biology. He will also attend GRE prep courses, explore the Bay Area and participate in social activities with other Amgen Scholars. At the end of the program, he will travel to and attend the Amgen Scholars National Symposium at UCLA. All of his travel and housing/food expenses will be covered by the program, and he will also receive a $3,600 stipend.

Currently a junior and Mary Gates Research Scholar in BioE, Kadin researches in UW Bioengineering Professor and Chair Cecilia Giachelli’s lab. There, he studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms that mediate vascular calcification in patients with chronic kidney disease. His research is focused on identifying the role of the sodium-dependent phosphate cotransporter PiT-1 in phosphate-induced vascular smooth muscle cell calcification.

When not busy in class or the lab, Kadin enjoys running. He’s planning on running the Mt. Si Relays (a relay race taking place on the Snoqualmie Valley Trail) with his team from the Husky Running Club this April, and is training for the annual Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon this June. He also likes playing video games with his friends and eating Thai food.