Chad Coarsey is pursuing a master’s degree in bioengineering with a focus in microfluidics and nanobiotechnology for disease diagnostics. He was born without a left hand, struggled with paralysis, and even faced his own mortality. Needless to say, he has overcome many adversities, creating several opportunities through his experiences. He found his passion for microbiology studying at FAU, and was able to research novel antibiotics from soil bacteria with Dr. Joseph Caruso, a partner of the crowd-sourcing Small World Initiative collaboration. Chad joined The Asghar-Lab: Micro and Nanotechnologies in medicine. There he began work on potential diagnostics for the Ebola viral disease, using both conventional and synthetic biology techniques. Recently, he teamed up with fellow FAU graduate student, Perry Weinthal, to develop 3D-printed bionic hands through the Enabling the Future Foundation. They were able to partner with a reconstructive hand surgeon at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, FL, to give these hands to pediatric patients. Throughout his successes, Chad has always kept himself humble and strives to show others how they too can overcome their own struggles.