The Antiviral Adherence to HIV project (College of Engineering, The Posner Research Group), will have support from Alicia Gim, a Chemical Engineering senior whose passions range from molecular simulation in biotechnology to propulsion engineering methods that can reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Under the guidance of primary investigator Paul Drain, the team is developing a rapid and low-cost method of objectively assessing how well patients on HIV medication are adhering to their treatment regimen, which can be easily incorporated in low-resource settings. For this project, Alicia will conduct experiments and data analysis whose results will be published in an upcoming paper. Fellow scholar Kathrine Zhang, who we met in part one of this series working on Eric Seibel’s Untape team, also works on this project during the school year.
Alicia shares that this internship will allow her to make contributions to the project and learn about the translation of research into marketable products. It will also connect her to mentors and friends who encourage her interests in engineering and science. Her future plans? “In the next year, I plan to update software of a mathematical model. This would reduce the need for expensive laboratory work, and amount of required post-experimental data analysis. Post-graduation, I am considering a doctorate degree and plan for a research career in the biotech or propulsion engineering industries.”