Edgar Ruiz Bello, Graduate Student Ambassador at Rice University

WEBSITE(S)| Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Program | Graduate Student Blogs | Edgar's LinkedIn | Vlassakis Lab | Latin American Graduate Student Association

University: Universidad de Guanajuato

Pronouns: he/him

I was born in Leon, Guanajuato, in Mexico. I completed my BS in Sustainable Chemical Engineering from Universidad de Guanajuato. After experiencing research through several research internships in the United States during my undergrad summer breaks, I discovered my passion for exploring the relationship between engineering and medicine. I am now a 2nd year PhD student in the Microtechnologies Laboratory for Pedriatric Oncology working with Prof. Julea Vlassakis. My projects aims to engineer a platform to identify and quantify protein complexes in Ewing Sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that affects children and young adults. When I'm not working, I like to work out, hang out with friends, outdoor activities and discovering new hobbies.

Why I decided to go to grad school:

I was very passionate about chemical engineering and how it could provide solutions to problems in many different fields. I wanted to be at the edge of what is known and what is unknown. Graduate school is the platform for me to train and at the same time contribute to solve important problems.

Fun fact about me:

I can make good cocktails!

Favorite thing about Rice:

Rice is very walkable, the big green trees provide shade and a nice view.

Favorite thing about Houston:

There is always something new to explore.