University of Dallas alumnus Phillip Wozniak (BA Biology ‘15) has been awarded a Fulbright Research Award to conduct medical research in Spain. He will be conducting a pre-clinical trial that focuses on finding an alternative treatment for preventing severe respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), an infection that can be deadly to premature and immunocompromised infants. His research will focus on the use of medical nanotechnology to develop the treatment.
Wozniak is currently a Clinical Research Coordinator at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the pediatric teaching hospital associated with Ohio State University. He believes his Fulbright application was particularly strong because of his relationship with a pioneer in the medical nanotechnology field, Dr. Maria Angeles Muñoz-Fernández. “Many applicants come up with a research idea and the beg around for someone to mentor them,” Wozniak said. “But I worked closely with my mentor to develop a research proposal that already had the support of a leader in the field.”
Wozniak will defer medical school for a year in order to conduct the research. And although he understands that the transition won’t be easy, he thinks his time at UD helped prepare him to live abroad. “Having the Rome experience helped me understand at least some of what I will be in store for me in Spain,” he said.