“The graduate community, particularly the graduate student association (GSA), provides a lot of financial support for students to attend national conferences. This helps us build professional networks toward our career goals beyond graduate school.”
Degree Program: Chemical Engineering (Ph.D.)
Expected year of graduation: 2023
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Szeto
Thesis/research topic: Engineering biomolecules for vaccines, systems biology for immunodiagnostics
What are some of the benefits of being part of the graduate community at UMBC?
The graduate community, particularly the graduate student association (GSA), provides a lot of financial support for students to attend national conferences. This helps us build professional networks toward our career goals beyond graduate school.
Briefly describe your graduate research and its purpose/applications.
During my graduate research tenure, I aim to develop medically therapeutic strategies toward more durable cures against refractory cancers. The body’s own immune system has always been a promising candidate for combating diseases, but with malignant tumors, the immune system’s natural functions are interrupted and become nonresponsive to the growing tumor’s presence. I will engineer and deliver molecular drugs that will precisely leverage the existing immune system toward overcoming immune suppression and eradicating established tumors.
What are your plans after graduation from UMBC?
After completion of my degree, I hope to start my career in another continent, such as working in Europe as a post-doc.
When you’re not teaching and researching, what are your hobbies and interests?
Michael enjoys learning to play piano, cooking, and skiing/snowboarding.