Austin has been involved in the field of research since 2011, earning his Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of South Dakota. He also holds Bachelor’s degrees in both physics and chemistry. Primarily, Austin works to guide partners through the development of their patient registry and disease-specific questionnaires. He works directly with partners to recruit participants and encourages participant involvement with the registry by empowering patient advocacy groups to leverage the value of their information for the development of treatments. He manages research access requests, provides approved researchers access to data on rare diseases of interest, and introduces eligible CoRDS participants to clinical trials.