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Matthew Magoon, B.S.

M.D.-Ph.D. student

Matt is a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) student in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Although he’s from Colorado, Matt earned an Honors Bachelor’s in Biological Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering from Montana State University in 2022. His undergraduate research focused on improving molecular diagnostics for resource-limited settings using DNA aptamers. Matt has worked in several clinical settings, with emphases on emergency medicine and critical care.

In his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with friends, drinking coffee, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.


B.S.: Biological Engineering (Honors), with Minors in Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering, Montana State University, 2022

Chelsea Gibbs, B.S.

Chelsea is an Ph.D. student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. She graduated with an Honors Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Spanish from the University of Utah in 2019. Her undergraduate research focused on building and characterizing novel genetic circuits to manipulate mammalian stem cell differentiation.

Chelsea was an 2021 awardee of the NSF Graduate Research Foundation Fellowship to help fund her excellent research projects.

Outside of research, Chelsea enjoys skiing, baking, knitting, and exploring the great outdoors.


B.S.: Biomedical Engineering, Honors Bachelor’s, with a Minor in Spanish; University of Utah, 2019

Savannah Bifulco, B.S.

Savannah Bifulco is a graduate student and ARCS fellow at the University of Washington. Savannah graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of West Florida in 2018 with a degree in chemistry and a focus on biological chemistry. Her undergraduate research consisted of organic polymer synthesis, mechanistic ALS research during an internship at Johns Hopkins University in the summer of 2016, and biological toxicity analysis of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in her hometown of the Florida panhandle.

Outside of her studies, Savannah enjoys music, traveling, the occasional video game, and trying new things.


B.S.: Chemistry/Biochemistry, University of West Florida, 2018

Alex Ochs, B.S., M.S.

Alex is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Although he completed in Bachelors in Engineering Science & Mechanics at Virginia Tech (2016), his primary interests always lay in Biomedical Engineering through better understanding the mechanisms of tissue damage. For his Masters, he trained in cell culture wetlab work and handled data curation of databases for various projects in the Cardiovascular Modeling Laboratory at UC Irvine. He has shadowed in various clinical environments, including the Manchester Royal Infirmatory, UCI Medical Center, and through an internship at the Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

In his free time, Alex enjoys endurance sports, gaming, trying new cooking recipes, and exploring outdoor spaces in the greater Seattle area. He also voluntarily still reads listserv emails from his undergrad dorm community (Go Hokies!).


B.S.: Engineering Sciences and Mechanics (Biomechanics concentration), Virginia Tech, 2016
M.S.: Biomedical Engineering, University of California – Irvine, 2018