Lin Receives University Co-op George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence


Senior biomedical engineering student John Lin has been chosen as a 2018 recipient of the George H. Mitchell Award from the University Co-op. Five UT undergraduate students are recognized with the award annually for their superior scholarly or creative achievement.

Lin was recognized in the STEM category for his contribution to the research project titled “Nondestructive tissue analysis for ex vivo and in vivo cancer diagnosis using a handheld mass spectrometry system.” Lin works as an undergraduate research assistant in the research group of Chemistry Professor Livia Eberlin, as well as with Biomedical Engineering Professor Thomas Milner.

The research team invented a powerful tool that rapidly and accurately identifies cancerous tissue during surgery, delivering results in about 10 seconds—more than 150 times as fast as existing technology. Known as the MasSpec Pen, the invention gives surgeons precise diagnostic information about what tissue to cut or preserve, helping improve treatment and reduce the chances of cancer recurrence.

Lin was awarded $2,500 by the University Co-op and recognized in a ceremony held at the Texas Union. Read more about the other awardees