Arafat grew up in Queens, NYC. In September 2011, Arafat began his career as an undergraduate at the City College of New York. Arafat found his passion lies in biochemistry but also loved psychology, thus deciding to double major in biochemistry and psychology and a minor in mathematics. In Spring 2012, Arafat became a semi-finalist with his group, Sensing Water, for the Zahn Competition. An engineering project where he and his group developed a prototype device that could measure the amount of water being used at a faucet and then transfer the data to an online system where it would be analyzed for various purposes. In December 2014, he became a member of Dr. Eisele’s research group where he is working on the study of the self-assembly process. Arafat has been awarded the prestigious CCNY STEM Career Development Institute Fellowship for his Summer 2015 research. In February 2016, he was also awarded a stipend from CUNY’s Research Foundation to support his undergraduate research project. In September 2016, he began working as a research assistant for the Eisele group, continuing work on the research projects and supporting the graduate students with preparing manuscripts. Arafat is also our group secretary and social organizer.