Juan Cisneros

Class of 2017-2018

Emory University, 2017
Chemistry and Spanish

Why I chose ESTEEM: My decision to come to ESTEEM was a derivate of both my enthusiasm for emerging technologies and my love of scientific research. The program not only allows us to envisage the runway new ventures are taking off from, but provides us with the skillset needed to launch them ourselves. 

My capstone thesis project and why I’m excited about it: For my thesis project, I am working with the Chang Research group in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering on a novel droplet generation method for droplet digital PCR (ddPCR). The ddPCR technique, and PCR in general, has increased in functionality and utilization since its inception. By using an electric field to catalyze and tune one of its key steps, we are not only electrifying the process, but also the range of applications for this new technology. I am thrilled to investigate the technical mechanisms and explore its prospective utility, researching the business environment and following laboratory experiments simultaneously.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM: Post-ESTEEM, I hope to continue my work in a challenging environment that interlaces scientific research and business, fosters innovation, and yields impactful social change in the healthcare industry.

What I like to do when I’m not working in Innovation Park: The Notre Dame campus is a special place and when I'm not in the Greenhouse, I enjoy running around the lakes, brewing coffee, and taking things apart!