Peru (Fulbright S&T grantee 2010)
Paul Cardenas is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a recipient of the International Fulbright Science & Technology Award. He is in the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Program and works in the Zhu Lab directed by Dr. Cheng Zhu. Paul’s current research is focused on immunology, single-molecule biomechanics, and T-Cell signaling, where he uses both experimental and computational techniques.
Paul obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering from the National University of Engineering in Lima, where finished as the top ranked student in his class. The emphasis of his undergraduate research was on modeling, non-linear dynamics and control theories. Paul also graduated with Very High Honors from the National Tsing Hua University in Beijing, China, where he obtained his Master’s degree in Computational Biophysics. His Master’s thesis was published in Macromolecules Journal. During his Master’s study, he specialized in computer simulations for biological systems. The concept that he was most attracted to was the possibility to observe and explain phenomena effects at the nanometer level, which are almost impossible using current experimental techniques.
He was also awarded a fellowship for Outstanding Students from the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. Currently, his interest is more in bioengineering’s unique mixture of engineering and life sciences. This field has the potential to produce tremendous research and an increasing number of applications for today’s technology.