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Austin W

- Research Program Mentor

MD/PhD candidate at Northwestern University


Medicine, Medicinal Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Protein Engineering, Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Cancer Biology, Biomedical Device Ideation


My name is Austin and I'm a second-year medical student at Northwestern University. I have a passion in both the design, synthesis, and mechanisms of protein / small molecule drugs as well as in patient care. I also have a background in biomedical device design. I would love to mentor students with interests at any intersection between chemistry, medicine, biology, and engineering with project ideas that focus on advancing medical care.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Solving Medical Problems

Let's identify a problem in patient care and develop a device design or other solution to help address it. We will learn the basics of the design process including needs assessment, research, prototyping, and testing. Students can learn to use any tools they need, including but not limited to CAD, 3D printing, physical manufacturing methods, and Matlab. If you can dream it you can make it!

Molecular Toolbox

The creation of novel therapies and drugs in today's world leverages numerous technologies that span an array of disciplines including techniques in organic synthesis, protein engineering, biosynthetic chemistry, and cell engineering. We will select and review the literature on 1-2 methods from this vast sea of technologies and write a review article on the subject.

Coding skills


Languages I know

Chinese, Native



University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
BS Bachelor of Science (2020)
Northwestern University
MD/PhD Doctor of Medicine and of Philosophy candidate

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