A native of Los Angeles, Colleen Loynachan will graduate from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. Fascinated by the way nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine, Loynachan plans to use her materials science background to design disease therapies. A Goldwater Scholar, she has undertaken research on infectious disease at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, fuel cell technologies at UCLA, deformation of nanoscale materials at Caltech, and hydrogel tissue expanders while studying abroad at University of Oxford. Her current research project, in the Bioelectronics group at MIT, involves designing minimally invasive treatments for neurological disorders. She will bring her passion for science and outreach to Imperial College London while pursuing an MRes in Biomedical Research. Colleen enjoys improvisational tap dancing, darkroom photography, and rowing.