Irena Hwang

B.S. 2011 Massachusetts Institute of Technology


I received my B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2011. I completed my senior thesis and M.Eng (2012) work at the Computational Physiology and Clinical Inference lab under the direction of Prof. George Verghese in MIT’s Research Laboratory of Electronics.

I enrolled in Stanford’s PhD program in Electrical Engineering in 2012, but quickly discovered the allure of single-molecule biophysics and promptly absconded to the Block lab in the Spring of 2013. Here at the Block Lab, I am currently working with Van Nguyen and Christian Perez on combining single-molecule techniques in order to study RNA folding.

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, knitting, cooking, pottery, spending time with cats and other grandmotherly activities.