BioE Student Spotlight: Precious Omoike


Precious Omoike

Where are you from/where is your hometown?
Nigerian-American / NYC

What degree type are you pursuing?
BS Bioengineering

What is your specialization, OR, do you have any other majors/minors?
Biopharma track and pre-med

Are you involved in any bioengineering related organizations (both inside or outside of Lehigh)? If so, please specify.
NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)

Why did you decide to come to Lehigh University?
I decided to come to Lehigh University for several reasons, but one of the primary factors was the abundance of research opportunities available here. At Lehigh, I knew I would have the chance to delve deeply into my academic interests and engage in hands-on research across various disciplines. The university's commitment to fostering a culture of inquiry and innovation was evident from the moment I stepped onto campus.

Not only does Lehigh offer different facilities and resources for research, but the faculty are also highly supportive and encouraging of student involvement in scholarly activities. Whether I'm interested in engineering, business, sciences, humanities, or any other field, Lehigh provides ample opportunities for me to collaborate with professors and fellow students on cutting-edge projects.

Moreover, the vibrant academic community at Lehigh, coupled with its strong emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, means that I can explore diverse research areas and gain valuable insights from different perspectives specifically in biology and bioengineering.

In summary, the rich research environment, supportive faculty, and opportunities for interdisciplinary engagement were key factors that influenced my decision to choose Lehigh University for my academic journey.

Why did you decide to study bioengineering?
I decided to study bioengineering because I am deeply fascinated by the intersection of biology and engineering, and I am passionate about applying engineering principles to solve complex biological problems. Bioengineering allows me to explore innovative solutions to pressing healthcare challenges and contribute to advancements in medical science.

One specific area that captured my interest is the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9. CRISPR has the potential to revolutionize the field of medicine by enabling precise modifications to the genetic code, offering new possibilities for treating genetic disorders, developing targeted therapies, and understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying diseases.

Furthermore, my interest in hematology, the study of blood and blood-related disorders, drew me to bioengineering. Hematology is a multifaceted field with implications for various medical specialties, including oncology, immunology, and cardiology. By studying bioengineering, I aim to explore innovative approaches for diagnosing and treating hematological conditions, such as sickle cell disease, leukemia, and hemophilia.

Overall, the combination of my interest in CRISPR technology and hematology, along with the opportunity to apply engineering principles to biological systems, motivated me to pursue a degree in bioengineering. I am excited about the potential to make meaningful contributions to healthcare and biomedical research through my studies in this field.

What do you want to be/do after you graduate and how will this degree help you get there?
I want to be a doctor in hematology and oncology. I want to do my Ms in BIOE and go to medical school after.

Share a good experience/memory with a faculty/staff member/peers/or class within bioengineering
Ms. Susan Perry, a faculty member within the bioengineering department, has been an exceptional mentor throughout my academic journey. One memorable experience occurred during my sophomore year feeling overwhelmed, I sought Ms. Perry's guidance. She not only patiently listened but also provided invaluable insights that helped me navigate the complexities of the project. Her mentorship extended beyond academics; she genuinely cared about my holistic development as a bioengineering student, offering advice on internships, research opportunities, and professional networking.Thanks to her guidance, I not only successfully completed projects but also gained newfound confidence as a bioengineer. Our interactions served as a constant reminder of the transformative power of mentorship, and I am immensely grateful for the positive influence Ms. Perry has had on my academic and professional journey in bioengineering.

Share a fun fact (or two, or three) about yourself!
I have a passion for tennis. Additionally, music has been a significant part of my life, and I enjoy playing the trumpet. Both tennis and trumpet playing bring me immense joy and fulfillment, providing avenues for personal expression and growth.

What words of wisdom do you have for current or future students of bioengineering at Lehigh?
Embrace challenges as opportunities for growth: Bioengineering is a dynamic field that presents complex problems to solve. Approach challenges with curiosity and perseverance, viewing them as chances to learn and innovate.

Cultivate interdisciplinary skills: Bioengineering intersects with various disciplines, including biology, engineering, and medicine. Develop a breadth of knowledge across these areas to excel in your studies and research.

Engage in hands-on experiences: Take advantage of research opportunities, internships, and projects to apply theoretical concepts in real-world settings. These experiences not only enhance your understanding but also prepare you for future career endeavors.

Foster connections and collaboration: Build relationships with peers, faculty members, and professionals in the field. Collaborate on projects, participate in student organizations, and seek mentorship to expand your network and exchange ideas.

Stay curious and adaptable: The field of bioengineering is constantly evolving with new technologies and discoveries. Remain curious, open-minded, and adaptable to embrace emerging trends and advancements.