Bailey Banach is a 2016-2020 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in bioengineering at the University of Kansas. She received a B.S. (2016) in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. Banach first became interested in biomedical engineering in high school when she witnessed the transformative effect an ocular prosthetic device had for her friend who lost her eye to cancer. While biomechanics and prosthetic devices initially got Banach involved in biomedical engineering, she quickly developed a passion for the deeper exploration of molecular level mechanisms that play out on the microscopic scale. By studying materials on the small scale, Banach aims to make a big impact on the world around her. Her current research focuses on immune engineering; specifically the discovery, optimization, and application of antibody proteins. Using her own research as a base, Banach aims to expand the field of translational medicine and help scientists get their research to the people who need it most: the patients.
Mentor: Brandon J. DeKosky, Assistant Professor, Bioengineering