Undergraduate Research Program

Ian Andrews

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Major:  Bioengineering
Mentor:  Dr. Barry Lutz

Contact: iandrews@uw.edu

Current research project: Development of a Low-Cost Multiplexable Assay for Drug-Resistant HIV


Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
HIV remains a serious health challenge, particularly in developing countries. This can be attributed in part to the fact that many diagnostic procedures that are commonly used here in the United States are ill-suited for the challenges present in low-resource settings. My work focuses on using paper-based microfluidics to design diagnostic tests that meet the necessary criteria to be useful in these settings. My current work is focused on addressing the problem of drug-resistant HIV that is beginning to emerge in low-resource settings. By participating in this research I hope to make a significant contribution in the development of these devices that have the potential to save countless numbers of lives in the fight against HIV.

What is the most exciting and/or rewarding aspect of your undergraduate research experience?
One of the most exciting things about undergraduate research to me is the chance to apply knowledge from classes in a practical setting. I have found that because of this I have gained a deeper appreciation for what I learn in classes. At the same time, it is also exciting when something that I have been working on for research shows up in a class because I already have a far more extensive understanding of those principles than if I would have just read them out of a textbook.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Don’t be afraid to dive right in and give it a shot! While it may sound intimidating at first, research can be one of the most rewarding parts of your college experience. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch!