Grant Jirka
Grant Jirka Medical Student, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine
Duke University, 2016, B.S. Biomedical Engineering

"As a biomedical engineering student at Duke University, I benefited greatly from the Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP). My research focused on exploring the design of nanoparticle drug delivery vehicles to enhance their depot stability and modulate their kinetic properties for higher efficacy intratumoral injections. Since graduating, I have continued my pursuit of understanding the Grand Challenge of Engineering Better Medicines by conducting oncology research while attending medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). My current research interest stems from hearing stimulating presentations at the Beatson International Cancer Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, which I was able to attend as part of my GCSP project. After graduating from medical school, I plan to pursue a residency in internal medicine followed by a fellowship in hematology/oncology. Thanks to the NAE GCSP, I now have a strong foundation in translational research. This will allow me to grow as a physician as I work to bring discoveries from the bench to the bedside to improve patient care."