Feature story image, microbiology student Matthew Kaiser

Fall 2015 — Originally a pre-finance major, and certain that his introductory microbiology class would be his “last life-science class ever,” OSU student Matthew Kaiser’s professional path changed course as he became fascinated with the biomedical field. Kaiser, a recent graduate from Oregon State University, is pursuing a career in pediatric oncology with a specialization in translation cancer immunotherapy, drawing upon the research and bioethics experience he gained while at OSU.

As an undergraduate research fellow in the Linus Pauling Institute’s cancer chemoprotection program, Kaiser researched the impacts of using high-dose vitamin C to selectively kill tumor cells without damaging non-cancerous cells. OSU recognized him as the 2015 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year.

My time at Oregon State University has been one of intellectual enlightenment and tremendous professional development.

He has shared his research on epigenetics and cancer treatments at various conferences throughout the nation, including the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in 2014. At Disruption, a TEDx talk in February 2015, he presented “Is Humanity Ready for an Upgrade,” which examined innovations in science and technology that fundamentally change human nature.

Kaiser, who majored in microbiology with minors in Spanish, chemistry and toxicology, hopes his work in the field of molecular biology and biomedical ethics will be impactful on a national level. He wants to change the socio-economic and political paradigms surrounding bioethics by educating policy makers and the general public on molecular medicine.

“My time at Oregon State University has been one of intellectual enlightenment and tremendous professional development. Molecular medicine and my undergraduate research have allowed me to recalibrate the expectations I hold for my future,” Kaiser said.

Kaiser hopes to change lives through molecular medicine, a field he explored as an undergraduate researcher at Oregon State. Learn the steps to jumpstart your career through undergraduate research. Career Story