Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Nickolas Mundo graduated Suma Cum Laude from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in May of 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He was born in Decatur, Illinois, but has lived in Cypress, Texas since 14 years of age. At his university, Nickolas first started participating in genetic research his junior year, investing SNIP variations in oyster populations for the creation of artificial reefs to clean bays and estuaries. In the summer between his senior year, he conducted research at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, investigating biomechanical properties of a bio-ink to be utilized in 3D bio-printing of renal constructs.
Originally thinking of pursuing veterinary medicine, Nickolas spent 4 years, during undergrad, actively volunteering at the Texas Sea Life Center rehabilitating local wildlife around Corpus Christi. During this time, he gained experience working in a minimal resource medical environment, sometimes aiding the veterinarian in surgeries on sea turtles, mainly treating fibropapilloma associated turtle herpes virus. Nickolas decided to pursue human medicine after shadowing the Emergency Department at Christus Spohn Hospital – Shoreline, under a doctor from his church. He was inspired by the compassion these doctors were able to show while caring for all those who came in. Nickolas wants to target his innovations while in EnMed toward the creation of means to expand access to health care at home and globally. In his free time Nickolas likes to learn languages, volunteer, garden, bake bread, and run. He also enjoys photography, sketching, and spending time with his family.