Andrew T. Bender holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Montana State University. During his undergraduate years, he worked with Engineers Without Borders and lead multiple engineering design and implementation teams that built sanitation and clean water projects in Western Kenya. He was a graduate fellow at the Institute of Translational Health Sciences in Seattle and also a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow. His research focuses on the development of rapid and accessible diagnostic tests for viruses and clinical biomarkers, including HIV, SARS-CoV-2, and antiviral drugs.
Andrew is currently a Research Engineer at the University of Washington.