Kun Do

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Kun
Do
Post Baccalaureate IRTA Fellow
Biography

Kun Do graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park in 2021 with a degree in physics. During his time at UMD, he studied cytoskeletal dynamics in immune cells in Dr. Arpita Upadhyaya’s lab and developed a novel system for non-contact tonometry under Dr. Giuliano Scarcelli’s mentorship for his senior thesis within the Gemstone Honors Program. His current work in Dr. Alexander Cartagena-Rivera’s lab in the Section on Mechanobiology involves leveraging atomic force microscopy and other biophysical tools to characterize the mechanical properties of lymphocytes and elucidate their role in the overarching immune response. Kun also successfully completed the NIH Academy on Health Disparities program, where he and other NIH Academy members developed a health disparity-centered project on prevention and management of type 2 diabetes within Hispanic and Latino communities. In his free time, he enjoys playing video games, hiking, and building mechanical keyboards.