Patrick Obrochta

Class of 2018-2019

Boston University, 2018
Biomedical Engineering

Why I chose ESTEEM:

I have always wanted the freedom to solve problems I am passionate about, and it has been my childhood dream to attend the University of Notre Dame. Every day in ESTEEM is a blessing and an opportunity to accomplish both of my aspirations.

My capstone thesis project and why I'm excited about it:

I will be working with researchers at Notre Dame to market a handheld Diffuse Optical Spectroscopy Imaging (DOSI) device. DOSI uses near infrared light to see through 1 centimeter of tissue and can identify characteristics such as tissue density, H2O and lipid concentrations, as well as Oxygenated and Deoxygenated hemoglobin levels. This technology will be used to assess breast cancer biomarkers and quantify chemotherapy treatment progression. The most exciting part for me about DOSI is the large number of other potential applications, as it can be used to monitor tumors in other specific regions, or even track fatty tissue changes to as a person’s weight fluctuates. My goal is to find the best use for this technology and create the foundation for launching a commercially-viable DOSI device.

What I hope to do after ESTEEM:

I aim to find biotech-related careers near Chicago with a focus on medical device development. Eventually, I hope to create a start-up company and find solutions to various health challenges worldwide.

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

I love participating in as many Notre Dame events and activities as I can over the course of the 11 months I am here. I love jogging across the campus doing activities like basketball with my ESTEEM classmates. My other activities include watching “Shark Tank” with my roommates Brian and Colton and playing ultimate frisbee.