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Rahim Bamba (Cleveland, OH & Jersey City, NJ)

Chemica & Biomolecular Engineering
Minor: Biochemistry
The Ohio State University
Current Position: Georgia Tech/Emory Univ (BME PhD)

Research Interests: Sickle cell disease; nanotech; drug delivery

Interests outside of school/research: tech stuff (social media); working on a startup now (

Interesting things you did at ACCESS and people you’ve met

I really enjoyed exploring the city and new meeting people (especially Bob Langer and Paula Hammond).

Favorite part of the weekend and why?

The duck tour was amazing; Boston truly is a historical city with such a rich story to tell. I loved that aspect.

Do you think you benefitted from the program – did it help you in any way? Why or why not?

ACCESS definitely helped because I was able to get inside information about the admission process that I was able use to my advantage as I completed my admissions applications.

Prior to attending ACCESS, did you have plans to apply for graduate school? How did ACCESS impact your decision?

I was planning on going to graduate school for a PhD before ACCESS, but after the program I was definitely sure without a doubt.

Are you planning on applying to attending graduate school now? If so, where?

I'm a BME PhD student at GaTech and Emory.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

5 years = running a business/receiving my PhD; 10 years = lead researcher for someone (perhaps my own biotech company).