Eric Hsu, a junior student at Washington University who is pursuing a degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Systems Engineering, was awarded the Goldwater Scholarship. Eric was among 283 recipients out of a group of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Goldwater Scholarship is a federally endowed scholarship program that was established in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater by supporting outstanding students in mathematics, science, and engineering.
Eric’s academic interests are currently focused on electrophysiological and optogenetic methods to study the activation and inactivation of cardiac ion channels, and, to this end, he works in Cardiac Molecular Engineering Lab under the guidance of Jon Silva, a member of the Biomedical Engineering faculty. In the Silva Lab, Eric is involved with two projects. One involves the use of cut open voltage clamp fluorometry technique on mutation expressing oocytes, and the other is on the novel method of mutating important inactivation loop amino acids into unnatural amino acids in mammalian cells in order to study the effects of those residues. After Eric completes his undergraduate studies, he hopes to pursue and MD/PhD in Biomedical Engineering, possibly focusing on cardiology and/or cardiovascular engineering.
For more information on the award and a full list of awardees, see the Official Goldwater Scholarship Website
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