Biography

A senior at Indiana University, Hendrik is majoring in biochemistry and plans further education to become a physician-scientist.  As an entering freshman he participated in the Integrated Freshman Learning Experience and the Science, Technology, and Research Scholars mentored-research programs and has been a researcher in the lab of Professor David Giedroc.  As part of the Giedroc Group, which focuses on the biophysical chemistry of infectious diseases, he has worked on the role of copper resistance in Streptococcus pneumoniae and presented his research at the 2016 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.  He has interned at Eli Lilly and Company in the Small Molecule Design and Development Department under Dr. Joe Martinelli on a project expanding the methods available to synthesize new pharmaceuticals.  He was also a summer undergraduate researcher in the lab of Dr. Tim Lahm at the IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis, working on the impact of exercise on pulmonary hypertension.  His work with IU Dance Marathon, which raises funds for Riley Children’s Health in Indianapolis, has heightened his appreciation for his own health and for the importance of serving those who have not been as fortunate and stimulated his interest in going into pediatrics and devoting his research to the benefit of children.  The Department of Chemistry has awarded him the Grim and the Day scholarships, and he has been a chemistry undergraduate teaching assistant.  He also serves on the College of Arts and Sciences Academic Fairness Committee and has volunteered on the Hutton Honors College Literacy and Lifeskills Team at a local elementary school.  Born in Germany, Hendrik moved to the United States as a child and graduated from Carmel High School. 

His motto is a German proverb instilled in him by his parents:  “Erst die Arbeit, dann das Vergnügen,” “Business before Pleasure.”

He will hold the Jerry Yeagley Scholarship in the Wells Scholars Program.