Senior Tyler Toth has been awarded a 2016 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship, which will fund his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology for three years. As a doctoral student in MIT's department of biological engineering, he will use synthetic biology techniques to further increase the efficacy of biosensors.
Toth's undergraduate research, performed under professor Jeong-Yeol Yoon, focused on improving pathogen diagnostic devices by integrating novel detection methods. In March, he received the award for Most Creative Research at BME Design Day. Toth credits guidance from Yoon and his labmates in solidifying his decision to pursue graduate school and a career in academia.
Active outside the lab as well, he has served as president of the UA Biomedical Engineering Society.
Toth graduates next month with a BS in biomedical engineering and minors in mechanical engineering and personal financing.