Niklas Damberg- 2021 Climb4KC Scholar
Niklas grew up just north of Minneapolis and subsequently attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in biology and minored in chemistry and nutrition. In college, he competed on the alpine ski and lacrosse teams, worked in a group home setting with teenage residents having mental and physical disabilities, and researched pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction. This prior research heavily utilized imaging to assess beta-cell health and function. Since, the potential that diagnostic imaging has in disease etiology, progression, and treatment has been a particular interest for Niklas and a key reason he wanted to learn more about AI/machine learning in the context of kidney cancer. Outside of medical school, you can generally find Niklas outside running, biking, skiing, and exploring.