Ogechi Ogoke, a native of the Bronx, NY, is a PhD candidate in the UB Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. In 2015 he was awarded the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship. Ogechi is investigating the differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells towards the development of micro-engineered liver tissue. The overall goal is to determine an effective means to treat liver disease and its related end-stage liver cancer. Ogechi aims to develop his doctoral work into a commercially viable product and eventually a start-up business that serves Western New York. In addition, Ogechi is serving as course instructor for an NSF-funded grant at UB, the Louise Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program to teach research methods to undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics degrees. Ogechi is passionate about the development of stem cell research and the mentorship/trainee development necessary for a progressive scientist. Thus far Ogechi has served as a first author on three journal articles and co-authored five others. Ogechi has presented research at various annual national research venues at organizations such as the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE), New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Ogechi is optimistic about the burgeoning health and life sciences arena in the Western New York community and intends to take advantage of its flourishing medical-research-technology ecosystem.