EWU Scholar Claudio Escalante Accepted to University of Kansas’ MS in Bioengineering

Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Claudio Escalante! Claudio has been accepted to University of Kansas MS/PhD program in Bioengineering. This is a combined degree with six tracks offered in conjunction with the KU School of Medicine. From their Bioengineering overview:

The bioengineering program prepares students to become leading researchers, educators, and entrepreneurs. The program provides knowledge breadth in engineering and the biological sciences and knowledge depth in the student’s area of research interest.

Juan Claudio Escalante is a first-generation undergraduate student at Eastern Washington University graduating this spring 2024 with a Bachlors in Biology with a minor in Spanish. In the winter of 2022, his research interests expanded when he began to do work in Dr. David Daberkow's lab. Under Dr. Daberkow's mentorship he has worked on creating electrodes to help contribute to the team’s main objective; to find the effects of oxytocin on dopamine signaling in the rat striatum. For his 2022 McNair Summer Research Internship, Claudio continued to work with Dr. Daberkow to record dopamine with the electrodes they create. In Summer 2023, Claudio attended Purdue University‘s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). At SROP, Claudio worked with mentor Dr. Tamara Kinzer-Ursem on his research, ”Particle Separation: Harnessing Inertial Microfluids for Precise Particle Sorting”​. We know Claudio will bring his devote work ethic  and passion for actionable arms of research to benefit humankind will add value to any program he picks and the continuously developing field of Bioengineering as a whole.