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Henry S

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)


Chemical engineering & data science applied to biology


Hi I am Henry! I am a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley studying Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering. I am interested in the intersection of nanotechnology, data science, and biology. In particular I am developing delivery tools for genetic manipulation of plants. Outside of academia I love sports and the outdoors. I play tennis on the UC Berkeley club team and spend my time hiking in the Bay Area.

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.

Data Science & Machine Learning Applied to Biological Phenomena

The age of data science is upon us, a diverse array of massive data sets are now publicly available. Insight into many biological phenomena may hide in these data sets, waiting to be discovered. Potential ideas include leveraging publicly available SARS-COV-2 genomic data to identify trends in infection, mortality or risk-factors, mining RNA-seq data to study transcriptional changes under different circumstances (drug treatment, etc), predicting protein-nanomaterial interactions from protein composition/folding data, or even investigating environmental damage such as deforestation. Working on a project like this could result in a publication in a junior science journal!

Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture accounts for up to 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Simultaneously, population growth and climate change strain agricultural systems. New technologies and approaches to agriculture are rapidly under development to address these challenges. Keeping track of new agricultural technologies such as genetically modified crops, nano-fertilizers/pesticides, plant vaccines, and big data is challenging. Furthermore, the agricultural policy and regulatory landscape is ever changing. A Review of these technologies would be valuable to help policy makers and stake-holder understand the most promising and impactful agricultural technologies and methodologies. Working on this project would result in a Review paper for submission to scientific or policy journal as well as a presentation at a conference.

Coding skills

python, MATLAB, Mathematica

Languages I know

Spanish, intermediate

Teaching experience

I have mentored over ten high school and undergraduate students through original research projects. Thus far, students I have mentored have published articles in junior and mainstream science journals, won national science fair competitions, and presented their work at professional conferences.


Work experience

Procter & Gamble (2020 - 2021)
Materials Scientist


Case Western Reserve University
BSE Bachelor of Science in Engineering (2020)
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
MS Master of Science (2020)
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

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