Irwin's research focuses on using third-harmonic generation (THG) microscopy to image the development of atherosclerotic plaque in a mouse model. Considering that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, being able to obtain high resolution images (at a molecular level) of athersclerotic plaque is important. Knowledge produced by his project can serve as a means to both better treat and understand atherosclerosis.
Irwin is currently working on his Master of Engineering in the field of biomedical engineering. He completed his undergraduate studies at Cornell University as a biological engineering major (biomedical engineering minor). Irwin has spent a significant amount of time working on clinical oncology research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and is interested in pursuing an MD/PhD.
Whenever he isn't engaged in academic-related activities, Irwin works as an emergency responder with the Cayuga Heights Fire Department -- he serves as both a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.