Published: Jan. 13, 2022 By

The first group of biomedical engineering students to walk the graduation stage are taking the next steps to improve the world of healthcare.

Nicholas Carlucci, Noelle Doyle and Tanisha Kaur each graduated with a master's degree in biomedical engineering in fall 2021. The new alumni are among the first to graduate from the program since it launched two years ago. John Myers (MBioEngr’21) graduated with a master's degree just before them in summer 2021.

The fall 2021 graduates are already starting their careers – entering the workforce to advance medicine and technology. They are designing diagnostic equipment, working on cancer therapeutics and developing stem cell technology to treat diseases. Read more about each of the graduates, their future plans and what they love most about being a biomedical engineering Buff.

Nicholas Carlucci, MS, Fall '21

LightDeck - Engineer
Diagnostic instrument design and development

I was raised in Boulder and went to Boulder High School. I went to California Polytechnic State University for my undergrad and studied mechanical engineering before coming to the University of Colorado Boulder. For fun, I race mountain bikes and snowboard! 

Research Interests
My main interest is in surgical equipment R&D.

Favorite part of being a Buff
All the great people I met during my time at CU Boulder.

Noelle Doyle, MS, Fall '21

Fate Therapeutics - Quality Control Associate
Cancer therapeutics

I attended the University of Colorado Boulder for my undergraduate degree in Integrative Physiology. I absolutely loved Colorado and everything it had to offer, but had my heart set on moving back to California after graduating since I had spent some time out there before I went for my masters. I hope to give back as much as possible to the scientific community and keep pushing the boundaries.

Research Interests
Before getting my masters, I was working in clinical research for a neurodegenerative disease company. My research focus later focused more towards cancer research.

Favorite part of being a Buff
My favorite part about being a Buff is that no matter where in the world you go, you will always meet someone that has a connection to CU Boulder! I have traveled to over 30 countries, and that has always been true. Also, there is something for everyone at CU Boulder. You just have to work hard and make as many connections as possible. 

Tanisha Kaur, MS, Fall '21

Universal Cells - Research Associate
Stem cell technology to treat diseases

I was raised in Lawrence, Kansas and completed an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Kansas in May 2020. I have always been interested in biotechnology and medical fields. After learning more about biomedical engineering, I felt that it would be a great area to further develop my knowledge and fine tune my skills in. I had always heard great things about the University of Colorado Boulder’s engineering programs and decided to attend the new biomedical engineering graduate program to complete my master's degree.

Research Interests
My master’s research focused on studying fundamental interactions between innate immune cells, specifically neutrophils and macrophages, in biomimetic microfluidic devices. The cells in our bodies are well-equipped to maintain homeostasis to keep us healthy. Studying fundamental cellular interactions and finding new pathways can lead to cellular enhancement and treatments to fight diseases. Sometimes, they need a little push in the right direction. Through my time in the lab and reading current research, I found that I really enjoy working with primary and tissue cell cultures. Currently, cell therapies to treat diseases is growing very quickly and has a high potential for success. 

Favorite part of being a Buff
Since part of my time at CU Boulder was remote due to COVID, I found that spending time with people in my lab group and working on group projects in my classes helped to make being a Buff an enjoyable experience. 

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