Francis is a sophomore from Clifton, NJ studying Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering, hoping to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor.
Last summer, Francis worked in the Alabi Lab on campus, researching drug delivery techniques. His project focuses on developing polymers to characterize nanoparticle surface proteins by detecting specific protein clusters. His group hopes to use this technique to adapt nanoparticles as targeted drug delivery vehicles, with a wide range of applications in the medical field.
Outside of research, Francis is the principal tuba player of the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and the Cornell Wind Symphony, while serving as Treasurer of the latter. He is also an Outdoor Odyssey guide, leading incoming freshmen on pre-orientation wilderness trips to help their transition to Cornell, and serving as Social Chair during the year. Francis also serves as an Engineering Peer Advisor, mentoring freshmen engineers. As a proud Filipino, he serves as Treasurer for the Cornell Filipino Association here on campus. His inner sports fan has also compelled him to serve as Intramural Chair for Theta Tau.
At the rare times Francis is not studying in Duffield, you can find him sleeping in his hammock, exploring and questioning the intricacies of the universe and society, or spending time with friends (beating Lindsey at Catan).