Sergio Rodriguez is a Ph.D. student in Biological Engineering at MIT. He currently works in J. Christopher Love’s Lab at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. Here, his research focuses on developing a platform for low-cost vaccine development and production. Notably, during the latest SARS-CoV-2 pandemic outbreak, Sergio has played a leading role in developing a recombinant subunit vaccine candidate that could offer immunity, and be manufactured at a global scale. He is also an Alfred P. Sloan 2018-2019 Scholar. Sergio received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biotechnology, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez. He was distinguished with the Barbara McClinton award as the top student in the program. Sergio is passionate about mentoring underrepresented students from Puerto Rico in applying to summer research programs, graduate studies, and other career opportunities in STEM.