Francis Aguas is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and first-year Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering with a research focus on ocular devices and vision science. Francis completed his undergraduate degree in BME also at UC Irvine and played an active leadership role in the Biomedical Engineering Society. As an undergrad, he conducted research on a novel suturing technique in Dr. Christine King’s lab, as well as an electrochemical sensor for SARS-CoV-2 in Dr. Michelle Khine’s lab. In addition, Francis co-founded forMED Technologies, a medical device company developing a non-contact, at-home intraocular pressure monitoring device for glaucoma patients. His graduate research in Dr. Andrew Browne’s lab at the UCI Center of Translational Vision Research will investigate laser safety for functional imaging of the retina towards advancing eye care.