Christopher Lu (‘23) Featured Researcher
February 9, 2023
Christopher Lu (‘23), BME major, has been featured by the University Office of Undergrad Research in their Student Research Corner. Each month they feature a few students so that you can learn about what types of research they are doing and give their peers advice on starting their own research experience.
Here is what Christopher had to share:
Major(s) & minor(s)
B.S. Biomedical Engineering
What's your research story?
I am a senior biomedical engineer concentrating in cell & tissue engineering. During my undergraduate career, I have worked on an entrepreneurship endeavor that combined prototype design and research, performed academia research at the UofR in the microbiology and BME departments, and interned at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in research positions for two summers.
Currently, I am working in the McGrath Lab performing bench research with our nanomembranes, computationally modeling various types of flow through cell monolayers, and attempting to capture fluorescent microbeads under tangential flow conditions on our membranes devices. At the same time, I am working with the Whasil Lee Lab performing computational data analysis with a self-generated program to quantify chondrocyte cell death and analyze chondrocyte behavior under different conditions. Looking forward, I hope to pursue a PhD in BME aiming to approach therapeutics using stem cells, genome engineering, self-assembling biomaterials, and/or nanomedicine.
How did you initially secure your research position?
- McGrath Lab (Nanomembrane Research Group) -https://nanomembranes.org/
- Whasil Lee Lab -https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/labs/whasil-lee.aspx
Any research presentations, awards, or publications?
Hope to present research at conferences in the Spring semester (undecided)
Can you share some "lessons learned" as a result of your undergraduate research experience?
Lesson 2: The research process is long, can be tiring, and is often filled with failures, but think of every failure as an opportunity to learn and approach the problem from a different direction, that is where the novelty in research comes from.
Lesson 3: Success in research is however YOU define it (coming from someone who has not presented his research at a conference, does not have an authored paper, and has been in positions/roles that made me not like research at times), I learned that success for me is gaining the necessary soft and hard skills that will serve me well during graduate school.
Lesson 4: Don't give up, the path to finding a research position you 'love' will take time, but enjoy the process because it only happens once! :)
- Source: UR Office of Undergrad Research Article on Christopher Lu
- UR Office of Undergrad Reseach- Student Research Corner
- McGrath Lab (Nanomembrane Research Group)
- Whasil Lee Lab