Jean Carlos Serrano is a Ph.D. candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on studying the transport phenomena in the human vasculature with emphasis on physiological and pathological events (e.g. lymphatic drainage and inflammatory response). Prior to MIT, Jean received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, and conducted research at his home institution, as well as in summer research programs at Princeton University and Harvard Medical School. He has also been active in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM through mentoring programs at MIT including MSRP and CONVERGE.