Andrey was awarded our 2013 fellowship for an incoming first-year graduate student. He did his undergraduate work in biochemistry at Harvey Mudd College, where he worked on characterizing mercury binding and transport proteins from a newly discovered Bacillus strain. He went on to work as a research assistant at UCLA where he was able to purify a fragment of a novel cytoskeleton regulating protein important for early fruit fly development. At Caltech, Andrey aimed to apply his broad skill set to the problem of protein engineering. Andrey works with Professor Richard Murray's group and is on track to earn his PhD in Biology and Biological Engineering.