The Stanford Students in Biodesign community is made up of so many remarkable and passionate members, and we cannot wait to share their stories with you through our new series called "Students of SSB"! And to start our series off, we have a profile on a New Yorker who has been recognized by Forbes, Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue as a rising innovator and an inspiration for girls and women alike as she balances being a biomedical researcher and model. Meet Autumn Greco, a member of Stanford Students in Biodesign’s conference team and a sophomore studying Bioengineering.
At 9 years old, Autumn started modeling, loved sketching and wanted to be a fashion designer. However, she was soon convinced to become a doctor after taking middle school science classes, noticing the lack of diversity in medicine and seeing patient care as an opportunity to give back to her community. By the end of high school, she had conducted research on acute myeloid leukemia (AML) through Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s program and a National Cancer Institute grant, which later won her an award at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.
Autumn was going down the premed path at Stanford until she joined SSB as a freshman and learned of other ways to help improve patient lives with bioengineering. She wants to develop drugs and inventions that can impact thousands of people and is currently working on cancer diagnostics with magnetically-targeted liquid biopsy in Professor Shan Wang’s material science lab. And she continues to inspire others! This past summer she mentored high school students to develop their own medical devices through the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR). When asked what got her interested in biodesign, she revealed that she learned how impactful medical product design can be from last year’s SSB prototyping workshops, especially the session with IDEO’s Director of Health, Dr. Farzad Azimpour.