Folarin has just started his doctoral studies after taking his undergraduate degree in the department. As an undergraduate, he was involved in an NSF-sponsored undergraduate research opportunity that brought him into contact with Mark Swihart's nanotechnology research and he decided to stay with it.
He holds a three-year Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant in biophotonics. He's doing interdisciplinary coursework with other IGERT fellows so that they have a common perspective and vocabulary. “In my area, and with the crossover to other disciplines involved in biophotonics, my work is different almost every day.”
“One of the good things about this department is that the faculty have brought in the best traditions from the programs where they trained and we get the benefit.”