Hermes Taylor-Weiner is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Karolinska Institute. Prior, he was a doctoral candidate in the department of Bioengineering at UCSD. Under the supervision of Dr. Adam Engler, Hermes studies how extracellular matrix properties can be engineered to direct embryonic stem cell differentiation toward definitive endoderm, the embryonic precursor to the adult pancreas. Hermes’ graduate studies have been supported by the UCSD Competitive Edge Fellowship Program and by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. While at UCSD, Hermes has co-led the Department of Bioengineering’s NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU program provides research opportunities to students from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in engineering and encourages these students to pursue an advanced degree. As a program coordinator, Hermes has helped participants win competitive research fellowships and gain admission to top graduate programs. Hermes’ long-term career goals include broadening the participation of students in STEM related fields through mentoring and public policy.