Graduate Student

BME - Georgia Tech/Emory


I am a PhD student originally from Morton, Illinois.  I received my undergraduate degree in bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I studied the effects of Notch signaling in liver development.  I have also conducted research as a part of REU programs at both the Scripps Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.  My current work aims to develop a tissue-engineered cardiac patch for treatment of congenital heart defects.  Specifically, I investigate the effects of fiber alignment and inclusion of extracellular matrix-mimicking adhesion factors gelatin and fibronectin on human cardiac progenitor cell behavior .