Kaleigh Durst
Kaleigh Durst PhD Student in Chemical Engineering at California Institute of Technology
Arizona State University, 2017, B.S. Chemical Engineering

“My experience in GCSP has been a consistent source of motivation since the start of my undergraduate degree, through to my continued education & research at Caltech. It has reminded me daily to seek out the career path with the most significant positive global impact. During my undergraduate degree, it inspired me to relate my research in synthetic biology to the “big picture” of how new biotechnologies could provide sustainable means of chemical manufacturing. I continue to access this unique skillset I have as a grand challenge scholar alumni to consider the impact I can have as I seek to write algorithms for efficient design and analysis of nucleic acid systems. I hope to contribute to the expansion of their use for applications ranging from targeted drug delivery to data storage.”