Christopher Vallace

Class of 2021-2022

University of Notre Dame, 2021
Science - Business

Why I chose ESTEEM ?

Having worked at the IDEA Center as an undergrad, I worked with many current and past ESTEEMers. I was attracted to the way the ESTEEM program seemed to shape these people in both thought and action.

My capstone project and why I'm excited about it ?

I am working a research team at the University of Notre Dame designing a peptide drug for the treatment of tauopathies such as Alzheimer's Disease. As the research team tweaks the drug design and continues to produce data, I am de-risking their path to a clinical trial by assessing the past and future of drug development in the tauopathy space. I am excited to uncover useful insights that will affect the course of development of a therapeutic for a disease in significant need of better treatment.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM ?

I hope to continue working in the commercialization of life science research technologies. I want to drive innovation in medicine, and am perpetually curious to learn more about the awesome complexity of the human body.

What I like to do when I'm not working ?

I make a mean loaf of sourdough bread.