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Cheyenne V

- Research Program Mentor

MEng candidate at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)


Cell & Tissue Engineering, Cancer (Immuno Oncology), IF Imaging, Digital Pathology, Immunology, Pharmacology, Bioluminescence, Surgical Imaging Technologies, Medical Technologies


Hello Hello! I'm Cheyenne! My main focus is cancer research: finding ways to better understand, detect, image, and treat cancer. More specifically, I've done a lot of work in the field of immuno oncology. But really I have an interest in anything that involves cool science and allows me to potentially make someone's life a little easier! For fun I enjoy watching anime, reading, painting, ice skating and rock climbing! Just recently I've been getting more into video games too. I'm also a huge foodie and frogs are my favorite animal!

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.

The Role of Immunofluorescence in Cancer Research

Learn the history and current uses of immunofluorescence in cancer detection, diagnosis, and the development of treatments. Explore the limitations and benefits of immunofluorescence in comparison to other methods, and share your findings in the format of an article, scientific review, or presentation.

Cancer Pharmacology: A comparison

Choose a cancer type (or other disease) to focus on, and select 2-3 drugs that are currently available or are in development for comparison. Learn about their mechanisms, targeted biological pathways, drug class, dosages, benefits and limitations. Provide a comprehensive review in the format of an article, scientific paper, presentation, or other media form.

Biomedical Device Design: Orthotics

Have an idea for a device you think might solve modern problems in medicine? Or maybe you see a solution to limitations in the devices we use every day. Learn how to identify design criteria, draft design blueprints, determine product relevance, perform patent searches, choose raw materials, and determine product relevance. Develop a product pitch and create a prototype!

Bioluminescence in Medicine

Bioluminescence is being used to monitor brain activity and the progression of cancer cells. Explore the future of bioluminescence imaging in the field of medicine and provide a history of its discovery, as well as its potential. Share your findings in an article, scientific review, or presentation.

Bioinspiration: Do animals hold the answers?

Can the toxins frogs produce help us fight antibiotic resistant bacteria strains? How can understanding how lizards and newts regrow their limbs help us improve wound treatment? Why do tilapia skins help with burns? Discover the role of animals in the development of modern medicine as well as its potential. Share your findings in a research proposal, article, or presentation.

Coding skills


Languages I know

Spanish, beginner

Teaching experience

I have worked as a course TA for both a general chemistry lab course and a bioinstrumentation lab course.


Work experience

Genmab (2021 - 2022)
Digital Pathology Intern


University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)
BS Bachelor of Science
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC)
MEng Master of Engineering candidate

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