Biomedical Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin
Medical Science, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Charles Foster chose EnMed because he wants to learn and polish the skills and knowledge needed not only to identify medical needs but also to engineer tangible solutions to these needs. He hopes to one day create devices that help transform the healthcare landscape and create better outcomes for patients in a way that neither a physician nor engineer alone can do. He believes this interface between medicine and engineering is investigated uniquely by EnMed.
Originally from San Antonio, Foster holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in medical science from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
He worked as a certified emergency medical technician from 2016 to 2020 as well as a research assistant in the Biomimetic Microengineering (BioME) Research Lab at UT Austin from 2018 to 2020. In the BioME Lab, he explored how the gut microbiome could be utilized for personalized therapeutics by building and experimenting on microfluidic devices called ‘gut-on-a-chip’.
While at EnMed, he plans to continue his research on the gut microbiome and microengineering ‘organs-on-chips,’ as well as explore the electrophysiology of the heart.
In his free time, Foster enjoys playing basketball and football with his friends, running, and learning new songs to play on the guitar.