Creating Leaders for Tomorrow Share

Author: Lindahl Wiegand

Creating Leaders for Tomorrow

Shaylyn Sikorski, ND ’13  |  ESTEEM Graduate Student ‘14 (PICTURED RIGHT)

“A sense of community was something I was looking for coming into college. I knew I could count on the Notre Dame family to figure everything out. The passion that comes from everyone is so inspiring.”

Dr. Hsueh-Chia Chang  |  Bayer Chair, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (PICTURED LEFT)

“Engineering is education of the future. Kids don’t want to see ivory tower research. They want to see new products that can change the world.”

Shaylyn Sikorski, ND ’13, ESTEEM ’14, and Dr. Hsueh-Chia Chang are building a preventative measure by tracking and testing the dengue virus in mosquitoes. Ultimately, the team will use biochip technology, developed by Dr. Chang on Notre Dame’s campus, as a human diagnostic tool in order to provide better treatment for patients diagnosed with dengue fever.Dengue fever infects nearly 100 million annually, resulting in 12,000 deaths, most of them women and children. There are currently no vaccines to prevent dengue fever.

A first-generation college student, Shaylyn is thrilled to collaborate with a mentor of Dr. Chang’s research caliber, and knows that he is essential to the success of her entrepreneurial venture.

Equipped with an interest in global health and a desire to make an impact, Shaylyn will apply her knowledge of science and technology to boldly create change in the world.