Lukas Kania, BS
Austin received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2021. He completed his honors capstone project on real-time, low-cost impedance measurement of liquids. Working with a team, he developed a device and software to measure properties of liquids. While there are many potential applications for the system, the team’s primary goal was to enable real-time analysis of biological samples.
Austin also spent the summer before his junior year working in Dr. Karch’s cell death lab in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine. Here, he investigated proteins that could be linked to the formation of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore during ischemia-reperfusion injury, which leads to mitochondria-mediated apoptosis in cardiomyocytes.
Austin joined the Breast Tumor Immunology Lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in June 2021 as a research technician. He is excited to continue learning about the molecular basis of diseases and to apply his skills as an electrical engineer to computational analysis. As a research technician, Austin processes and banks samples from patients enrolled in clinical trials. He also works with the Cyclic Immunofluorescence team on image preprocessing.
Interests Outside of Lab
Austin enjoys spending his free time doing outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, kayaking, and swimming at the beach.