Originally from Lakewood, New York, Aidan has lived in Lawrence, Kansas for three years and is a graduate of Lawrence Free State High School. He is currently a rising junior with plans to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and pursue further education through an MD/PhD program. As a Beckman Scholar, Aidan is working with his mentor, Dr. Scott Hefty, to discover the structure and function of several proteins with unknown function in the Chlamydia trachomatis proteome. C. trachomatis is the leading cause of sexually-transmitted disease in the USA and the primary etiological agent of preventable blindness worldwide. Structural and functional studies of these ‘hypothetical proteins’ will contribute to the overall initiative to better understand the mechanisms of pathogenesis in Chlamydia and develop improved treatment strategies for infection.