Stem cell microencapsulation for bioprocessing and phenotypic control; Embryonic stem cell paracrine actions; Microfluidic approaches for stem cell culture and analysis
I received my Bachelor of Science degree(summa cum laude) in bioengineering from Oregon State University in 2010. While an undergraduate at Oregon State, I first performed research with Dr. Greg Rorrer and examined the bioremediation of toxic compounds using marine seaweeds. I also worked with Dr. Ganti Murthy, researching biofuel production from microalgae. I completed an undergraduate thesis with Dr. Adam Higgins, working to improve cryopreservation procedures for cultured neurons. In addition, I spent a summer working as an Amgen Scholar in the lab of Dr. Rachelle Crosbie at UCLA, where I studied the amelioration of muscular dystrophy using a small molecule. I also spent one summer working as an upstream bioprocessing intern at Bend Research, Inc. in Bend, Oregon.
In July 2010, I joined the lab of Dr. Todd McDevitt as a PhD student in bioengineering at Georgia Institute of Technology with the goal of integrating my background in bioprocessing with innovative stem cell technologies. Since beginning graduate school, I have received recognition as an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (2010, 2011), an NSF IGERT trainee (2010-2012), and a CD4 GAANN fellow (2012-present). I have also participated in the Graduate Leadership Program and have held leadership positions in the student groups BBUGS and BGSAC.