Please provide your lab and description of research.
Professor Kareem Azab's lab. Our lab focuses on drug delivery and immunotherapeutic strategies for treatment of cancer. My work aims to enhance the phagocytic and killing activity of macrophages.

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
Johns Hopkins University

What played into your decision to get a graduate engineering degree?
I was involved in cancer research since freshman year and the idea of creating something that gets translated into the clinic was really fascinating to me. Getting a graduate engineering degree would help me be one step closer to that.

Why did you pick WashU?
WashU has a really open and collaborative research environment, and a great medical school and hospital I can take advantage of. Also, the campus is gorgeous (pink buildings!).

What was your favorite course and why?
I really enjoyed taking Dr. Michael Vahey's Molecular and Cellular Engineering course (and it was his first year teaching it!). I learned so much about vector design, immunotherapy, protein interaction and much more. The course is very informational and practical, without the burden of homework and tests.

Who is your favorite instructor and why?
My PI, Dr. Kareem Azab, is my favorite instructor. He teaches a drug delivery course and always has the most interesting story to tell from his time as a pharmacist.

What advice would you give to a new student?
Don't stress out about the qualifying exam. Looking back, the exam was so much more relaxed than I expected. Take your time, you are still a first-year PhD student. You are still learning!

What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
We have good beer!

What campus activities or groups would you recommend to a new student?
AGES, intramural sports and cultural groups.

What are your plans for the future?
Industry R&D