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Marcos Lopez

Undergraduate Student

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About Marcos

Marcos grew up in Oak Brook, Illinois, and has called the suburbs—and now the city—of Chicago his home his whole life. He first got involved in research the summer after his first year at the University of Chicago and has been a member of the Esser-Kahn lab since.


Thanks to the recommendation and advice of his PhD student, Adam, he traveled and worked in a research lab at Friedrich-Schiller Universität Jena in Germany the summer after his second year.


Outside of the lab, Marcos enjoys reading comics, listening to the same five artists on repeat, and being involved in MUN.


B.S. Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2020-present

Favorite Quote

“You can go to school forever, but you’re never really going to learn until you just do it”

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Scientific Hero

Carl Linnaeus

Favorite Paper

“Comparison of the polyphenolic composition and antioxidant activity of European commercial fruit juices”


If you could be a piece of lab equipment, what would you be?

Plate washer

Marcos' Research

Marcos is currently working under the guidance of Adam Weiss to investigate applications of polymers for drug delivery without triggering harmful inflammatory responses. Specifically, Marcos’ project is focused on how he can package a small cancer molecule into a self-assembling delivery system.

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