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Andrew F

- Research Program Mentor

PhD candidate at Northwestern University




I am currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience where my thesis focuses on utilizing stem cells to understand how neurons degenerate in neurological disorders. Specifically, I employ a combination of molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry to study Lou Gehrig's Disease, also known as ALS. Additionally, I have several years of experience designing experiments, writing research proposals, drafting peer-reviewed scientific publications, and presenting my work to national audiences. In my free time I enjoy cooking, eating, and reading books on the beach. I also really enjoy traveling so I can learn more about the human experience by immersing myself in cultures foreign from my own.

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.

A Brief Synopsis on Modern Drug Discovery and How It Can Be Improved

Creation of safe and effective drugs is a vital part of healthcare. While it is valuable to understand how and why pharmaceutical discoveries are successful, it is equally important to appreciate the common pitfalls/shortcomings that underly failed clinical trials. Here, we briefly summarize the Dos and Don'ts of drug discovery and the ways we may fundamentally improve on this essential process.

Write a Review Article With Your Topic of Choice

The goal of this project is to write a review article of a topic you choose by reading and summarizing primary literature. By letting your interests guide your project, it can really take any form you want and will develop organically. These types of projects are important to help grow a fundamental understanding of your topic of choice, but also be a useful resource for others who want a thoughtful synopsis from an expert in the field.

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Work experience

Northwestern University (2016 - 2017)
Research Assistant


Ohio State University
BS Bachelor of Science (2017)
Northwestern University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate

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