Brandon Cuevas

Brandon Cuevas is a junior from Yonkers, New York majoring in Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science with the intent of pursuing an MD/PhD after graduating. Drawn to cancer since high school, he plans to dedicate his studies to oncology while at graduate school.

Brandon Cuevas

On campus, Brandon is the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Chapter, as well as treasurer and project leader for the Synthetic Biology Initiative. During his freshman year at Columbia, Brandon worked with his faculty mentor, Henry Hess, on a project to increase microtubule length. He presented this research along with his research colleagues at the Biomolecular International Design Competition (Biomod), in which he and his team won a distinguished award. In his second semester, Brandon began to work at Kenneth Olive's lab at the Columbia University Medical Center, where he is now working on his own project regarding the role of the NFE2L3 protein in pancreatic cancer. The summer between the end of his first year and beginning of his second year, Brandon participated in iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine), which is a worldwide research competition in synthetic biology. As a member of Columbia's iGEM team, he worked in Harris Wang's lab on a research project that entailed the usage of bacteria in oncogene silencing via short hairpin RNA interference. Following this research, Brandon attended the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, where he was invited to present the research he did over the summer at the annual Engineering Science Symposium after successfully submitting an abstract to the symposium. This past summer, Brandon had an internship at Boston Scientific and had several projects related to the optimal use and production of MAMBA—the company’s first microcatheter used in Interventional Cardiology—one of which potentially resulting in the annual saving of over $100,000 for the company.

Aside from academic interests, Brandon enjoys playing the piano, chess, video games, tennis, basketball, and spending time with family.