Grad on the go

This story first appeared in the fall 2018 issue of the Arbor Light, the official magazine of Concordia University Ann Arbor.


Ge Zhu (’17) struck up an interest in research during Dr. Bill McMillan’s artificial intelligence class and Dr. Elizabeth Peckham’s pharmacology class while working toward his bachelor’s degree in computer science at CUAA. Now Zhu is taking the next step in his educational journey and has his sights set on a career in biomedical engineering. next step in his educational journey and has his sights set on a career in biomedical engineering.

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Zhu, who is currently studying biomedical informatics at Stanford School of Medicine in California, is combining the foundation he acquired from Concordia, the intellectually challenging environment of Stanford, and the entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley to catapult himself toward his goals.

Through the Stanford program, Zhu is working on a data science project in lung cancer care delivery, and has daily interactions with faculty and scholars around the world as he learns from experts in the field. He will complete his graduate degree in August 2019 and hopes to continue his education in a medical scientist training program, where he’ll apply computational sciences to clinical medicine. Ultimately, Zhu says he sees himself serving as a diagnostic radiologist in a university hospital, running a research lab in biomedical engineering.

“I appreciated my Concordia experience so much because it truly prepared me on all fronts,” Zhu says. “From connecting with faculty who had such impressive, technical knowledge to learning more about the Bible during classes, I feel Concordia provided the well-rounded education that I needed to get me to where I am today.”

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— Rachel (Ferry) Thoms is manager of campus communications for Concordia University Ann Arbor. She may be reached at rachel.ferry@cuaa.edu or 734-476-7736.

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